Two opening essays in the Career, Life and Influence section draw the line between Kubrick’s early artistic focus through to his later reputation as a filmmaker’s filmmaker. Critical Contexts then hosts four essays which examine Kubrick and his art from a broader perspective. Writings here present a discussion on the times during which he worked (“Bullets, Bombs and Blastoffs: Kubrick’s Twentieth Century”), a comparison with his contemporary film auteur (“The Ice Man and the Wood Man: Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen”), and more.
Critical Readings presents nine essays looking inward towards the more complex themes and approaches to his work. “A Farce to Be Reckoned with: The Literary Contexts of Dr. Strangelove” relates the almost absurd transformation of Peter George’s novel Red Alert. And “An Actor’s Director: Kubrick and Star Performances” discusses Kubrick’s individualized and somewhat psychological approach to working with actors.
Supplemental information includes a listing of his awards and honors (rather striking for such a relatively small output), a chronology, a filmography, a selected bibliography, and an index."