Formal and symmetrical story telling (2 replies and 5 comments)
Kubrick is the most famous example of symmetrical compositions.
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I think the symmetry suggests obsessive control, whether you take that as directorial control or the oppressive power of the setting, the institutions, over the individual, which I think is how Kubrick is using it -- mankind creating things (machines, governments, authority figures) that turn around and destroy them. A strong sense of architecture that overwhelms the human in the frame suggests this and the symmetry adds to that feeling of human-made inhumanity.
Thats very intriguing David, thank you. I guess that all his films do follow that "human-made inhumanity" theme now that I think about it. His films do seem rather cold, do you think this is a reflection of himself? To quote 2049, "theres a bit of every artist in there work"