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영화와 집단 기억의 재구성: 큐브릭의 전쟁영화를 중심으로
War Films and Reconstruction of Historical Consciousness: Stanley Kubrick’s Two Films

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Authors
주경철
Issue Date
2006
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구원
Citation
인문논총, Vol.56, pp. 1-30
Keywords
큐브릭전쟁영화냉전역사의식
Abstract
This article analyzes Stanley Kubrick’s two famous films, Paths of Glory and
Dr.Strangelove. They presented the big mechanism of power which menaces
human beings.
Paths of Glory seems to argue that war is a cruel instance of oppression and
exploitation of common people by the state which is no more than a ruling
apparatus of the upper class. Military trial is a good evidence of the conflict
between two classes. In a case during the First World War, ‘military nobles’
comprising generals and officers of the French Army prosecute three innocent
soldiers for ‘lack of courage against the enemy’, in order to hide their military
incompetence. Despite desperate efforts of the hero, colonel Dax, for the cause
of justice, three victims are shot to death like ‘animals or worms’ as they have
usually talked about themselves.
Dr.Strangelove provides the director with a good opportunity for his
manifestation of philosophical attitude in an age of nuclear war. It analyzes how
humanities are in an absurd situation under the ever increasing threats of
nuclear weapons in the Cold War period. Kubrick seems to stress that the modern scientific progress has permitted us enormous power, but it becomes
very dangerous as we do not yet possess moral capability for its control. The
blind search for destructive nuclear bombs of the conservatives of the US is
represented in the film as the perversive love of a ‘mad scientist’, Dr.Strangelove,
whose name itself attests the phenomenon.
The two masterpieces verify that the world is full of brutal forces and human
history is the succession of violence. According to the ‘author’ of the films, the
contemporary age is the apex of such huge menaces which can cause horrible
collapse at any moment.
ISSN
1598-3021
Language
Korean
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/29688
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College of Humanities (인문대학)Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원)Journal of humanities (인문논총)Journal of Humanities vol.56 (2006) (인문논총)
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