Dijana Metlić / Stanley Kubrick: Between Painting and Film
TIME: Monday, November 7th at 3 P.M
PLACE: Dom omladine Beograda, hol velike sale
Participants: Dijana Metlić (author), prof. Ph.D. Simona Čupić (art historian), prof. Ph.D. Slobodan Mijušković (art historian)
Moderated by: Miroljub Stojanović (film critic)

In the second, significantly updated edition of the analytical study on one of the world’s most influential directors, Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999), the author traces all the stages of Kubrick’s film career, as well as what preceded it: his photography, relationship to literature and literary works, and above all numerous influences of the world’s history of painting that shaped his film aesthetic.

Relying on an intertextual approach in the analysis of Kubrick’s films made after he moved to Europe (from Lolita to Eyes Wide Shut), but also using the results of numerous researches she conducted in the Kubrick archive in London, Dijana Metlić talks in an interwoven and interesting way about the crucial importance of fine arts to Kubrick’s perception of the social, political and cultural circumstances of the epochs/periods he problematizes in his films. At the same time, the historical and artistic method that the author sovereignly uses becomes of key importance for understanding Kubrick’s approach to film as a “total work of art”, in which static and moving images are constantly interwoven, making his film universe equally attractive and current even today.


The detailed research work contributes to the validity and suggestiveness of the author’s assessments, while the exceptional style in which the text is written makes the book extremely interesting to read. (prof. dr Simona Čupić)

With the education and experience of an art historian, who with the necessary responsibility enters the “territory” of another, specific medium, Dijana Metlić was able to move without difficulty through the interesting problematic contents of a part of Kubrick’s oeuvre marked by the interactions of painting and film, presence and functions of image and pictoriality in film fabric. (prof. dr Slobodan Mijušković)

AUTHOR's bio

Dijana Metlić was born in Belgrade. She wrote her PhD dissertation on the oeuvre of Stanley Kubrick in 2012 at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She has published numerous scientific works and studies on fine arts, film, photography. She is the co-editor of Gender, Power and Identity in the Films of Stanley Kubrick, Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Dijana Metlić, Jeremi Szaniawki (New York: Routledge, 2023). She explores the relationship between painting, photography and film using examples of European and American art. She is a professor of art history at the University of Novi Sad.

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