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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career. Kubrick was noted for the scrupulous care with which he chose his subjects, his slow method of working, the variety of genres he worked in, his technical perfectionism, and his reclusiveness about his films and personal life. He maintained almost complete artistic control, making movies according to his own whims and time constraints, but with the rare advantage of big-studio financial support for all his endeavors. Kubrick's films are characterized by a formal visual style and meticulous attention to detail—his later films often have elements of surrealism and expressionism that eschews structured linear narrative. His films are repeatedly described as slow and methodical, and are often perceived as a reflection of his obsessive and perfectionist nature. A recurring theme in his films is man's inhumanity to man. While often viewed as expressing an ironic pessimism, a few critics feel his films contain a cautious optimism when viewed more carefully.

The film that first brought him attention to many critics was Paths of Glory, the first of three films of his about the dehumanizing effects of war. Many of his films at first got a lukewarm reception, only to be years later acclaimed as masterpieces that had a seminal influence on many later generations of film-makers. Considered especially groundbreaking was 2001: A Space Odyssey noted for being both one of the most scientifically realistic and visually innovative science-fiction films ever made while maintaining an enigmatic non-linear storyline. He voluntarily withdrew his film A Clockwork Orange from England, after it was accused of inspiring copycat crimes which in turn resulted in threats against Kubrick's family. His films were largely successful at the box-office, although Barry Lyndon performed poorly in the United States. Living authors Anthony Burgess and Stephen King were both unhappy with Kubrick's adaptations of their novels A Clockwork Orange and The Shining respectively, and both authors were engaged with subsequent adaptations. All of Kubrick's films from the mid-1950s to his death except for The Shining were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. Although he was nominated for an Academy Award as a screenwriter and director on several occasions, his only personal win was for the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Even though all of his films, apart from the first two, were adapted from novels or short stories, his works have been described by Jason Ankeny and others as "original and visionary". Although some critics, notably Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael, frequently disparaged Kubrick's work, Ankeny describes Kubrick as one of the most "universally acclaimed and influential directors of the postwar era" with a "standing unique among the filmmakers of his day."

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Stanley Kubrick Movies : Filmography

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Released: 2013  

Opération lune

Opération lune

Stanley Kubrick (Archivmaterial)

Released: 2002  

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

Himself (archive footage)

Released: 2001  

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Released: 1999 Rated:

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

Released: 1987 Rated:

Making 'The Shining'

Making 'The Shining'

Himself

Released: 1980  

The Shining

The Shining

Released: 1980 Rated:

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Released: 1975 Rated: PG 

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Released: 1971 Rated:

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Released: 1968 Rated:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Released: 1964 Rated: PG 

Lolita

Lolita

Released: 1962 Rated:

Spartacus

Spartacus

Released: 1960 Rated: PG-13 

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Released: 1957 Rated: NR 

The Killing

The Killing

Released: 1956  

Killer's Kiss

Killer's Kiss

Released: 1955  

The Seafarers

The Seafarers

Released: 1953  

Fear and Desire

Fear and Desire

Released: 1953  

Day of the Fight

Day of the Fight

Himself (man at ringside with camera) (uncredited)

Released: 1951  

Flying Padre

Flying Padre

Released: 1951  

Napoleon

Napoleon