[James Joyce, who said he was "loonely in me loneness" at the end of FINNEGANS WAKE, wasn't quite alone] -- Focus on human condition. -- Focus on language (Joyce sees potential, Kubrick sees problems); -- Left their home country (Joyce to France, Kubrick to England); -- Integrative art (compiling from wide variety of sources master myths, then integrating these myths into super-myths which encompass the others); -- Desire for perfection (and time spent on crafting art); -- Belief in Infinity, historical cycles, spiraling recurrence, male/female principle, duality. -- Use of puns. -- Compression of several meanings into one; "portmanteau" word, Joyce, "portmanteau" image, Kubrick. -- Encoding meanings so that they reveal themselves only if the proper decoding schema is used. Joyce: FINNEGANS WAKE (idea of the birth/death/resurrection cycle) FINN = end EGANS = again WAKE = a) wake up b) Irish death celebration Kubrick: HAL = IBM POE = a) Peace On Earth b) Code to bring back planes Date on picture in THE SHINING: July 4, 1921 -- Forcing reader to go beneath the surface to get meaning. -- Joyce: ULYSSES Kubrick: ODYSSEY
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