Stanley Kubrick

  • "The scrupulous care with which he chose his subjects, his slow method of working, and his reclusive personality created a rare expectancy every time Stanley Kubrick made a film. Deeply pessimistic and claustrophobic, Kubrick's films deal brilliantly with technical and textual complexities." - Ronald Bergan (Eyewitness Companions: Film, 2006)

Stanley Kubrick

Director / Screenwriter / Producer / Cinematographer
(1928-1999) Born July 26, New York City, New York, USA
Top 250 Directors

Key Production Countries: USA, UK
Key Genres: Anti-War Film, Black Comedy, Satire, Crime Thriller, Psychological Drama, Psychological Sci-Fi, Film Noir, Science Fiction, Drama, War, War Drama
Key Collaborators: Gerald Fried (Composer), James B. Harris (Producer), John Alcott (Cinematographer), Joseph Turkel (Character Actor), Sterling Hayden (Leading Actor), Peter Sellers (Leading Actor), Patrick Magee (Leading Actor), Kirk Douglas (Leading Actor), Jim Thompson (Screenwriter), Ray Lovejoy (Editor), Anthony Harvey (Editor), Leonard Rossiter (Leading Character Actor)

"Looking back on this remarkable filmography, it is clear that it has the distinctly architectonic quality of any great philosophical system: it says something about everything. All the facets of human nature are revealed in their wide-ranging diversity: high and low culture, love and sex, history, war, crime, madness, space travel, social conditioning, and technology. Yet, as internally diverse as Kubrick’s filmography is, taken as a whole, it is also quite coherent. It takes all the differentiated sides of reality and unifies them into one rich, complex philosophical vision that happens to be very close to existentialism." - Jerold J. Abrams (The Philosophy of Stanley Kubrick, 2009)
"Few American directors have been able to work within the studio system of the American film industry with the independence which Stanley Kubrick has achieved. By steadily building a reputation as a filmmaker of international importance, he has gained full artistic control over his films, guiding the production of each of them from the earliest stages of planning and scripting through post-production." - Gene D. Phillips (International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1991)
"After 1961, Kubrick was based in England, with some of the precious decorousness of the writer in A Clockwork Orange who is broken in on by Alex and the Droogs. Five films were passed out to the world from that retreat, which took an increasingly sententious and nihilistic view of our social and moral ethics, but which are devoid of artistic personality as the worlds that Kubrick elegantly extrapolates." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)
"Immensely talented American filmmaker with a sure visual sense. Perhaps, though, led astray by the (deserved) success of Spartacus, Kubrick's later films are the best possible proof that bigger does not necessarily mean better. Since the mid-1960s, Kubrick has become a maker of films for effect and has lost much of the narrative drive that once distinguished his work." - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Illustrated Guide to Film Directors, 1983)
"With an astonishing knowledge of cinema history, and a fastidious nature that involved him in frenzied and lengthy preparations for all his films, it is something of a miracle that he left us a filmography quite so rich and varied in its content." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)
"Clearly, the memorably vivid images he created are those of a superb craftsman; sadly, they tend to shout rather than speak, so that overall the exact meaning of his films often lacks subtlety and clarity." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)
"As a social satirist (Dr. Strangelove, 64; A Clockwork Orange, 71), Kubrick is a master. As a maker of mood pieces which outline man's place in society and civilization (2001, 68; Barry Lyndon, 76), he is interested more in the workings of various mechanical and social machines than in man. Kubrick is one of America's finest post-World War II filmmakers." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)
"A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later." - Stanley Kubrick
"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." - Stanley Kubrick
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
The Killing (1956) ✖︎, Paths of Glory (1957) , Spartacus (1960) , Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) , 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) , Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Recommended
Killer's Kiss (1955), Lolita (1962) , Barry Lyndon (1975) , The Shining (1980) , Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Worth a Look
Day of the Fight (1951), A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films ✖︎ 1,000 Noir Films
Stanley Kubrick / Favourite Films
The Bank Dick (1940) Eddie Cline, Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles, City Lights (1931) Charles Chaplin, Hell's Angels (1930) Howard Hughes, Henry V (1944) Laurence Olivier, La Notte (1961) Michelangelo Antonioni, Roxie Hart (1942) William Wellman, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) John Huston, I Vitelloni (1953) Federico Fellini, Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman.
Source: Cinema (1963)
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