Voices and noises: collaborative authorship in Stanley Kubrick’s films

Perko, Manca (2019) Voices and noises: collaborative authorship in Stanley Kubrick’s films. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This thesis sets out to challenge the mythology surrounding Kubrick’s filmmaking practice. The still dominant auteur approach in Kubrick studies identifies the director’s filmmaking practice as autonomous, with little creative input from his crew members. Following the recent shift in research that focuses on the collaborative nature of Kubrick’s working practice, I argue for a different perspective on creative practice in film production. The working process in Kubrick’s crews is shown to exhibit strong collaborative features and to encourage individual creative input. This thesis is based on the examination of historical evidence acquired from the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London and an extensive collection of mediated and personally conducted interviews with Kubrick’s collaborators. The historical discourse analysis employed in this thesis is rooted in New Film History methodologies and, with its findings, leads to an alternative perspective on film history. The challenge to the accepted view (or myth) of Kubrick is achieved with the use of discourse sources from production and from the archive, presented in the form of stories from pre-production to the promotion stage of film production. The outcomes of the research reveal other ways in which Kubrick collaborated and these alternative perspectives are then used to build an argument around collaboration in Kubrick’s films. With its focus on challenging Kubrick mythology by revealing the unheard voices in the production process, thereby challenging the common perception of them as ‘noise’, this thesis questions the applicability of authorship theory to the study of filmmaking practice. As such, it represents an important original contribution to the field of Kubrick studies.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 13:51
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 13:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71887

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