Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman” as Want to Read:
A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

A Cinema of Loneliness: Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In this twentieth-anniversary millennial edition, Kolker continues and expands his inquiry into the cinematic representation of culture by updating and revising the chapters on the directors discussed in the first edition-- Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Steven Spielberg-- to include their most important works since 1988, analyzing those films which h ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published July 27th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 3rd 1980)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Cinema of Loneliness, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Cinema of Loneliness

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 355)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Emily
The title of this book is what grabbed me, but the penetrating essays on film form—and the directors who subverted convention to create an open, inquisitive cinema—are what held me. There were many revelations. For example, I’d always experienced Stanley Kubrick as icy and inaccessible; this book helped me see how he used that cold eye to “document (human) loneliness in the face of progress” through films such as “2001.” For Kubrick, characters are “less the psychologically motivated creations w ...more
Craig
Seems more like it was published in 1968 than 1980. Kolker is a very strong reader and some of his analyses are excellent, but the number of great films that he pans (Clockwork Orange, Nashville) and the convolution in some of his arguments is staggering.
Josh
Everything about phallic symbols, patriarchy, and film as a tool of social change and collectivization is pretty silly, and Kolker tends to look at film a lot differently than I do, but he's one of the most readable academic film theorists, and his focus on form and content instead of plot mechanics and symbolism (again, except for the phallic symbol stuff) is welcome. He's admittedly weak on analysis of acting and music, but he has some insightful things to say about each filmmaker's specific f ...more
Emily
I bought this book for a class I ended up not taking . . . but I've read sections of it over and over. There's a great chapter on the weirdly fascist action movies that came out in the 80s . . . the Scorcese chapter, especially the section on Taxi Driver, is excellent, as is the Kubrick analysis.
Blair
I confess - I've only read the Scorsese and Kubrick chapters. But the Kubrick chapter is groundbreaking. To prevent all of our ears bleeding, I wrote my thesis with many of Kolker's principles in mind. If you want to know more, contact me. Really - I could use any extra interpretations.
Joey
i enjoy films. i enjoy loneliness. this book is a must read for anyone who wants to read about loneliness in some of the most intersting films of the past 30 or 40 years.
Michael Clayton
A fantastic look at five of the most influential directors from the best period in Hollywood's history.
Steven Mchugh
Steven Mchugh marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
ceeeeg
ceeeeg marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
Grain Grain
Grain Grain marked it as to-read
Oct 29, 2014
Zachary Harless
Zachary Harless marked it as to-read
Oct 28, 2014
John
John marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2014
Aaron
Aaron marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2014
Jay
Jay added it
Sep 28, 2014
Rose
Rose marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2014
Nick
Nick is currently reading it
Sep 25, 2014
Sebastian
Sebastian marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
Josh Oakley
Josh Oakley marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Jandy
Jandy marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Suzy
Suzy marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2014
MMG
MMG marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2014
Lawrence Garcia
Lawrence Garcia is currently reading it
Aug 20, 2014
Tansal
Tansal marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • What Is Cinema?, Vol. 2
  • The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
  • Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings
  • The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies
  • Scorsese on Scorsese
  • From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies
  • Stanley Kubrick: Interviews
  • From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film
  • The Stanley Kubrick Archives
  • Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System
  • Godard on Godard: Critical Writings
  • Cassavetes on Cassavetes
  • For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies
  • Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema; 1930-1934
  • Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Legendary Film Directors
  • Scorsese
  • The Films of Akira Kurosawa
Film, Form, and Culture W/ DVD-ROM Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey: New Essays The Altering Eye: Contemporary International Cinema The Films of Wim Wenders: Cinema as Vision and Desire Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook

Share This Book