Director’s Spotlight: Stanley Kubrick

(Photos from the Kubrick exhibit at the LACMA in L.A.)

My obsession with Stanley Kubrick’s work started when I was around 20 years old. But I had seen a couple Kubrick films before that and before I ever even knew who he was. Among those movies I had seen were Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. I remember the first half of Full Metal Jacket the most because it felt so real to me. That scene where Private Pyle completely loses his mind or R. Lee Ermey splitting those new recruits in half with some of the best insults I had ever heard. Stanley ended up making 13 films altogether during his lifetime.

FEAR AND DESIRE(1953)
desire
KILLER’S KISS(1955)
killer's kiss
THE KILLING(1956)
the killing
PATHS OF GLORY(1957)
glory
SPARTACUS(1960)
spartacus
LOLITA(1962)
lolita
DR.STRANGELOVE(1964)
strangelove
2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY(1968)
2001
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE(1971)
clockwork
BARRY LYNDON(1975)
barry lyndon
THE SHINING(1980)
the shining
FULL METAL JACKET(1987)
metal jacket
EYES WIDE SHUT(1999)
eyes wide shut

Now some people might say 13 films in a career that lasted nearly 50 years doesn’t seem like much but if you look at just one of them you’ll quickly realize there’s a reason for that. Each and everyone of his movies were painstakingly researched and crafted from beginning to end. One viewing will not do a single one justice. I keep finding myself picking up on certain things I missed even after viewing them multiple times. What keeps me coming back to these films time and time again is the sense of open endedness I get when I watch them. Not everything is black and white and most of the time Stanley leaves it up to your own interpretation.

Here is an interesting video on the films of Kubrick’s that never came to be.

One experience I’ll never forget was seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. I had seen 70mm before but not like this. The soundtrack to 2001 will blow you out of your seat, and possibly leave you partially deaf in the process. Here is an artist’s rendering of what that was like…
audience is now deaf
Stanley’s movies were without a doubt an experience, an experience that would grab hold of you and make it incredibly hard to look away. I think Malcolm Mcdowell might know a thing or two about that.
clock work torture
His movies were most certainly not for everyone though. If you like movies that are easily consumed and will wrap everything up by the end in a neat little box then you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. Not only do these films stand the test of time they are true works of art. My favorite quote about Stanley comes from his long time assistant and personal friend Anthony Frewin…
“Stanley had a tough time keeping up with his interests, you know? It was a full time job being Stanley”
A full time job that he worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Stanley was truly one of a kind and there will never be another Kubrick film, but lucky enough for us he left 13 of them for us to enjoy while he’s kicking back somewhere laughing at all of us trying to make sense out of his films.

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