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Transcript of Stanley Kubrick
Born on July 26, 1928 in New York, NY.
Grew up in Bronx, NY.
His father Jacques was a doctor, and his mother Sadie was a stay at home mom.
Had one sister named Barbara, who was 6 years younger than him.
Attended William Howard Taft High School.
Had a less than satisfactory attendance record.
Graduated in 1945.
Applied to many different colleges, but was rejected by all of them.
Though he did poorly in school, he excelled as a photographer in the school paper
At the age of 16, Kubrick sold his photos to Look magazine and was hired a year later.
Kubrick started out making documentaries in the early 50's.
His films were not made with the assistance of any studios, which was rarely seen at the time.
Films were funded by his friends and family.
Fear and Desire (1953) was Kubrick's first widely recognized film.
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Day of the
Paths of Glory
2001: A Space
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Kubrick married his 3rd wife
Christiane Harlan in 1958.
They stayed married for 40 years until his death in 1999.
They had 3 daughters.
Stanley Kubrick died in his sleep on March 07, 1999 of a Heart attack.
A major theme throughout Kubrick's films is the violent nature of man.
Though he may be known for being a brilliant director, it has also been said that Kubrick was at times obsessive over his films. Was he really going overboard, or was there truly a method to the madness?
This video lists a few of the (questionable?) decisions Stanley Kubrick made behind the scenes of his films. Starting at 01:40 and counting down from 10.
#8, #4, and #3)
A Clockwork Orange is an excellent example of this theme.
It's about a rapist who is then convicted and sent to jail for murdering a woman. They try to cure him of his violent nature by forcing him to watch violent acts on a television screen, so that he gets sick whenever he feels the need to be violent.
Some believe the film is about the fact that "violence doesn't solve violence" (Coates)
However, it could also be about the fact that the main character was just inherently evil.
One point perspective
Not only are Kubrick's films considered classics (A Clockwork Orange and The Shining), but it has had a lasting effect on pop culture.
The book 2001: A Space Odyssey was actually written after Kubrick's film came out.
His movies are constantly referenced even in today's pop culture*
Also had an effect on music of the 60's
The film inspired David Bowie to write "A Space Oddity," his epic song of the dialogue between "ground control" and Major Tom, an astronaut who becomes separated from his spaceship. (Wiese)
*Lady Gaga references Kubrick in her song "Dance in the Dark".
It is even speculated that her music video for Bad Romance references Kubrick's films A Clockwork Orange as well as 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Below is one of the visual similarities to A Clockwork Orange. (Blalock)
Kubrick is considered one of the greatest film makers of all time due to his perfectionist nature and innovative ideas both in directing and writing that will influence film makers for generations to come.
• Krausz, Peter. "Paths of Glory: the Abiding Legacy of the Cinema of Stanley Kubrick ." Screen Education. 41 (2006): 18. Print.
• Goodall, P.D. Stanley Kubrick: The Visual Poet. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012. eBook.
• Giannetti, Louis, and Scott Eyman. Flashback: A Brief History of Film. 6th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010. 238-242. Print.
• "Stanley Kubrick Biography." Bio: True Story. n. page. Web. 21 Oct. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/stanley-kubrick-9369672>.
• Coates, Ryan. "Dehumanization in Stanley Kubrick Films ."Yahoo Voices. Yahoo, 25 08 2005. Web. 22 Oct. 2013. <http://voices.yahoo.com/dehumanization-stanley-kubrick-films-5924.html>.
Point of View Shot
Close Up Shot
Wide Angle Shot
Also interesting to note is the faces the actors would portray in Stanley Kubrick's films. They would point their chin down, and ever so slightly raise their eyes so they're peeking out from underneath their eyebrows. Something about it just adds to the "creepy" factor in the scenes this face is portrayed in.