Although such a film device is not in any way new or inventive, the fact of the matter is that it is storytelling technique that different directors utilize to differing degrees based on the needs of the plot and the messages they wish to convey to the audience. As such, this brief analysis will track and consider the ways that three distinct film’s directors employ this technique. Through such an analysis, the author hopes to reveal the different nuanced levels of meaning that the individual directors hope to invoke through such a story-telling technique such as the voice –over narrative.
Kubrick himself, when speaking about what way he would cast and direct a satire on the lunacy of the Cold War noted that it should be something that is presented to the audience in a form of dark humor. In this way, the levels of truth and different meanings which are conveyed could more readily be accepted and understood (Bilandzic et al 2011).
As a means to accomplish this end, Kubrick employed many techniques that sought to mirror elements of true life that the audience would readily be able to identify with and would appreciate. Of course one of the most powerful mechanisms that was employed is that of the way in which news-like stories were presented to the viewer in such a matter of fact way; regardless of the nature of how utterly insane they might be in content. Kubrick further sought to provide a type of societal commentary that housed the work in a convenient yet detached framework. Rather than allowing the individual characters to stand out to a high degree and ultimately take away from the message that Kubrick was attempting to get across, the director saw it as a better mechanism to allow a central omniscient or seemingly omniscient narrator. In this way, the director is able to present a severely serious and