This chapter examines the dreamy atmospheres in Kubrick’s films. Music, dialogue, and voice-over emphasize the characters’ passivity, which is one of the features that help to create the dreamy atmosphere enveloping A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s protagonists are often passive wanderers in their diegetic worlds. They remain entrapped in a dreamy world, governed by the director’s aesthetic rules, in which the extradiegetic world is often cited.
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