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The American cinema is rich with powerful and insightful filmmakers whose bodies of work add to the legacy of American filmmaking But a few filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch two of the most enlightening and illuminating directors to ever grace the silver screen not only add to but create entirely new possibilities for the American and global cinema These auteurs are separated from other filmmakers because of their profound sense of creativity and individuality There is no mistaking a film by Kubrick or Lynch because everything from the editing to the scoring to the cinematography is unmistakably theirs Their unique visions become a part of films history and their trailblazing efforts help to create new possibilities for the institution of cinema While Kubrick and Lynch share the distinction of being trailblazing auteurs who broaden the scope of cinema their bodies of work style and world views are vastly different Kubrick whose body of work centers around the dehumanization of man is separated from Lynch whose body of work centers around a characters discovery of self in an amoral world Thus it is often found that Kubrick focuses on exterior themes such as man as a symbolic figure while Lynch focuses on intensely private themes such as a characters discovery of self Using their films as evidence let us take a closer look at how these two great directors use their unique sense of style characters and auteurship to espouse their world view One of the greatest contrasts between Lynch and Kubrick is found in their treatment of mankind For Kubrick men are often treated as machines who serve a purpose For Instance in 2001 A Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket the dialogue of the characters becomes so entrenched in a technical jargon that the audience starts to see the characters not as humans but rather as extensions of a machine be it the computer machines
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