Director Profile: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Known for his fastidious approach to filmmaking, Stanley Kubrick is the embodiment of an auteur. Each of his films sits atop their respective genre and continue to draw debate and controversy.

Stanley Kubrick – A Brief History

Coming from a photography and documentary background, Stanley Kubrick’s move into narrative filmmaking utilised his inquisitive nature. A notoriously keen chess player, Kubrick’s meticulousness impacted on every aspect of his life.

Well known as a demanding perfectionist, he was extremely selective of his collaborators and casting, later going on to employ teams of readers and researchers to assist in finding his future projects. The source materials for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon were all masterfully adapted and expanded on by Kubrick, with exceptional attention to small details, and close collaboration with the respective novelists.

Jon Ronson’s 2008 documentary Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes gave incredible insight into the painstaking preparation that went into each of Stanley Kubrick’s projects. Thousands of photographs, index cards and books all catalogued and spanning years cluttered Kubrick’s vast Hertfordshire estate.

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