Acting out of the World: The Distancing and Underplaying of the Main Actors in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Vincent Jaunas University of Bordeaux-Montaigne

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7343

Keywords:

Kubrick, 2001, A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut

Abstract

This article focuses on Performance Studies in an effort to integrate acting – this little-studied aspect of Kubrick's filmography – within a broader aesthetic analysis. By comparing the main actors and actresses of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut, I suggest those two films can shed light on the way Kubrick collaborated with performers in order to confront various acting styles, thus creating a specific aesthetics of distancing. I connect those two works through the exploration of underplayed main roles and a loss of the characters' physical relation to the world which may be breached in the endings. Drawing both on Stanislavkian principles and archival material, I argue that such distancing may not easily be labelled as Brechtian and instead gives birth to a unique performing style that evades neat categorization, and may eventually help defining the director's unique collaboration with actors throughout the second half of his career.

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Published

2017-12-04

How to Cite

Jaunas, V. (2017). Acting out of the World: The Distancing and Underplaying of the Main Actors in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut. Cinergie – Il Cinema E Le Altre Arti, 6(12), 73-82. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7343

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