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Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation

Three Novels, Three Films

Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation by Greg Jenkins
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Paring a novel into a two-hour film is an arduous task for even the best screenwriters and directors. Often the resulting movies are far removed from the novel, sometimes to the point of being unrecognizable. Stanley Kubrick's adaptations have consistently been among the best Hollywood has to offer. Kubrick's film adaptations of three novels--Lolita, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket--are analyzed in this work. The primary focus is on the alterations in the characters and narrative structure, with additional attention to style, scope, pace, mood and meaning. Kubrick's adaptations simplify, impose a new visuality, reduce violence, and render the moral slant more conventional. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; April 2007
182 pages; ISBN 9781476608846
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Title: Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation
Author: Greg Jenkins