History Creator / StanleyKubrick

19th Aug '16 12:51:17 PM JamesAustin
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On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''Film/DoctorStrangelove''; Actors that did exactly as he said walked away with their paychecks (unless they were named Peter Sellers or R. Lee Ermey, who got to do a surprising amount of {{Improv}}). Slim Pickens [[EnforcedMethodActing was never told he was making a comedy]], implying that his character was the hero of the film, heroically delivering the bomb that ''ends the world''. Pickens was okay with it in the long run, spinning the publicity into a highly successful career. On the other hand, Creator/GeorgeCScott wanted to play General Turgidson as a dignified WellIntentionedExtremist, so Kubrick tricked him by [[FalseReassurance assuring him that]] [[BlatantLies the cameras were off]], and that Kubrick and the rest of the cast and crew are the only ones seeing him. He proceeded to use those takes, leading to Scott swearing to not work with Kubrick again.

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On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''Film/DoctorStrangelove''; ''Film/DrStrangelove''; Actors that did exactly as he said walked away with their paychecks (unless they were named Peter Sellers or R. Lee Ermey, who got to do a surprising amount of {{Improv}}). Slim Pickens [[EnforcedMethodActing was never told he was making a comedy]], implying that his character was the hero of the film, heroically delivering the bomb that ''ends the world''. Pickens was okay with it in the long run, spinning the publicity into a highly successful career. On the other hand, Creator/GeorgeCScott wanted to play General Turgidson as a dignified WellIntentionedExtremist, so Kubrick tricked him by [[FalseReassurance assuring him that]] [[BlatantLies the cameras were off]], and that Kubrick and the rest of the cast and crew are the only ones seeing him. He proceeded to use those takes, leading to Scott swearing to not work with Kubrick again.



* ''Fear And Desire'' (1953) -- His first real film, which he considered his OldShame. Kubrick and his first wife were the only crew on-set during production. Recently restored and released on video via [=BluRay=].

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* ''Fear And Desire'' (1953) -- His first real film, which he considered his [[invoked]] OldShame. Kubrick and his first wife were the only crew on-set during production. Recently restored and released on video via [=BluRay=].



* BannedInChina: [[invoked]]
** ''Paths of Glory'' was banned in France until 1970 due to its critical depiction of the French Army.
** Mixed with CreatorBacklash after accusations of LifeImitatesArt: ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was withdrawn from distribution in the UK at Kubrick's request - he did not believe it had actually inspired the crimes blamed on it, but his family received threats and saw protests staged outside their home. It remained unavailable in the UK until after Kubrick's death in 1999. [[invoked]]
** Certain scenes of ''Film/EyesWideShut'' were blurred out in the USA at the time for being too sexually explicit. In other Western countries people got the uncensored version and wondered what the hell the fuss was about?



* BittersweetEnding: This is as happy as his films get.
** Kubrick was forced to shoot a happy ending for ''Killer's Kiss'' due to ExecutiveMeddling.

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* BittersweetEnding: This is as happy as his films get.
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get. The only happy ending Kubrick made was when he was forced to shoot a happy ending for ''Killer's Kiss'' due to ExecutiveMeddling.



* BunnyEarsLawyer / {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: As mentioned above, Kubrick was famous for being eccentric, but the quality and impact of his films, as well as his good relations with Warner Bros. studios and ability to sustain an unusual niche career in the mainstream, [[HiddenDepths speaks for itself]].

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* BunnyEarsLawyer / {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: BunnyEarsLawyer: As mentioned above, Kubrick was famous for being eccentric, but the quality and impact of his films, as well as his good relations with Warner Bros. studios and ability to sustain an unusual niche career in the mainstream, [[HiddenDepths speaks for itself]].



* DoingItForTheArt: This was the man who converted lenses from NASA to shoot in natural candlelight in ''Film/BarryLyndon'' looking right. Perhaps more impressive was getting an entire fleet of the Spanish army to be extras in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
** This also extends to actual methods of filming as well, with Kubrick always quick to embrace the next development in film technology. This has led to problems when the time came to archive his original prints and reels since the means for playing them are no longer available due to obsolescence.

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* DoingItForTheArt: [[invoked]] This was the man who converted lenses from NASA to shoot in natural candlelight in ''Film/BarryLyndon'' looking right. Perhaps more impressive was getting an entire fleet of the Spanish army to be extras in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
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''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. This also extends to actual methods of filming as well, with Kubrick always quick to embrace the next development in film technology. This has led to problems when the time came to archive his original prints and reels since the means for playing them are no longer available due to obsolescence.



** [[spoiler:''Paths Of Glory'' ends with the soldiers accused of desertion being shot.]]

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** [[spoiler:''Paths Of of Glory'' ends with the soldiers accused of desertion being shot.]]



* ExecutiveMeddling:

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[invoked]]



* ReclusiveArtist: After he went to the UK, helped by his fear of flying. It should be noted that Kubrick was only reclusive in terms of being a public figure and Hollywood celebrity. He was generally accessible to critics who wanted to interview him about his films, such as Michel Ciment of Positif, and he also maintained friendships with producers and directors and kept up to speed with new film-makers. He also sent fan letters to film-makers he admired, [[http://www.cinematheia.com/stanley-kubricks-letter-to-ingmar-bergman-in-1980/ such as this one]] to Creator/IngmarBergman.
* SceneryPorn.

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* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] After he went to the UK, helped by his fear of flying. It should be noted that Kubrick was only reclusive in terms of being a public figure and Hollywood celebrity. He was generally accessible to critics who wanted to interview him about his films, such as Michel Ciment of Positif, and he also maintained friendships with producers and directors and kept up to speed with new film-makers. He also sent fan letters to film-makers he admired, [[http://www.cinematheia.com/stanley-kubricks-letter-to-ingmar-bergman-in-1980/ such as this one]] to Creator/IngmarBergman.
* SceneryPorn. SceneryPorn:



* ShroudedInMyth: Due to Kubrick's reluctance to talk about the hidden meanings of his films he's probably one of the most analyzed and discussed film directors of all time. There are still scenes in his work that remain mysterious and are open for interpretation.

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* ShortLivedBigImpact: [[invoked]] He only made thirteen films from 1953 to 1999, yet most of those films are regarded as some of the best ever made. It must be noted that Kubrick deliberately carved himself this niche with Warner Bros. studios. All his films were box-office successes and every film was an event, so each film stood out individually among all other films brought out that year.
* ShroudedInMyth: [[invoked]]
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Due to Kubrick's reluctance to talk about the hidden meanings of his films he's probably one of the most analyzed and discussed film directors of all time. There are still scenes in his work that remain mysterious and are open for interpretation.



* TakeThat: Much of ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'''s plot was inspired by Kubrick's conversations with the political scientist Thomas Schelling, whose influential book ''Arms and Influence'' took a very different perspective on nuclear weapons and the likelihood of their use by either ColdWar power.
* ThrowItIn: Despite his reputation for being a perfectionist and retaking shots over and over, many of Kubrick's films' most iconic moments were unscripted, including:

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* TakeThat: Much of ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'''s ''Film/DrStrangelove'''s plot was inspired by Kubrick's conversations with the political scientist Thomas Schelling, whose influential book ''Arms and Influence'' took a very different perspective on nuclear weapons and the likelihood of their use by either ColdWar power.
* ThrowItIn: [[invoked]] Despite his reputation for being a perfectionist and retaking shots over and over, many of Kubrick's films' most iconic moments were unscripted, including:


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* WagTheDirector: [[invoked]]
** In a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and in a non-hostile manner during the production of ''Spartacus''. Creator/KirkDouglas fired Creator/AnthonyMann and hired Stanley Kubrick, as two of them were very good friends and Kubrick did it as a favor to Douglas. However, though directing the film made Kubrick famous, [[WeUsedToBeFriends they weren't friends by the end]], as Kubrick later claimed that almost everything was really controlled by Douglas, who was also the producer, and the picture really wasn't big enough for both of them. Douglas later went on to describe Kubrick as "a talented shit."
** Kubrick quit the production of Creator/MarlonBrando's vehicle ''One Eyed Jacks'' (1961) after it became clear that Brando wanted to direct the film himself and Kubrick would be the director in name only.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** Kubrick's film about UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. A project he dreamt about making for years and garnered an unbelievable amount of documentation about. But it was thwarted by the movie ''Film/{{Waterloo}}'' (1970), which got such a bad reception that producers weren't willing to invest in another Napoleon movie. ''Film/BarryLyndon'' is set in part of the same time period and is probably the closest he ever got into making it.
** His movie project about the Holocaust, ''Aryan Papers'', which also got scrapped because he saw ''Film/SchindlersList'' and felt he couldn't top it. Not to mention that Kubrick himself found the subject matter to be incredibly depressing.
** ''A.I.'' a science fiction movie he felt was more something for Creator/StevenSpielberg, who eventually made it posthumously for Kubrick: ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''.
** According to [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/30/stanley-kubrick-childrens-film-death-pinocchio-eyes-wide-shut-spartacus this article]], Kubrick was planning on making a ''children's film'' and a film in World War II. Specficially, a film about Pinocchio and one on Monte Cassino, one of the most bitter and bloody battles of the second world war.
12th Jun '16 12:00:47 AM gallium
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7th Jun '16 9:01:33 AM CountMontoni
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* SignatureStyle: Very far on the cynicism side for SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism, lots of hallways and tracking shots (he was particularly fond of the Steadicam), almost always an adaption of a book, mentally unstable protagonists, classical music ([[SoundtrackDissonance many times used for ironic effect]]), tons of black humor, the Kubrick Stare, at least one scene involving a toilet and above all meticulous attention to detail.

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* SignatureStyle: Very far on the cynicism side for SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism, lots of hallways and tracking shots (he was particularly fond of the Steadicam), almost always an adaption of a book, mentally unstable protagonists, classical music ([[SoundtrackDissonance many times used for ironic effect]]), tons of black humor, the Kubrick Stare, at least one scene involving a toilet and above all meticulous attention to detail. And, of course, tons and tons of eerie, artificially polished environments [[LightIsNotGood doused in a wash of fluorescent lighting to convey a sense of unease]].
30th May '16 8:20:45 PM CountMontoni
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* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Many a film student will note that Kubrick was fond of a particular 2-act structure in his films, one with a "shiny" aesthetic half and one with a "gritty" aesthetic half. ''A Clockwork Orange'', for example, begins with a gritty portrayal of gang violence and is followed by a shiny portrayal of the main character's life in prison and going through human experimentation. ''Full Metal Jacket'' opens with a "shiny" first act that ends with a tragic murder, followed by a "gritty" second act of the main characters' tour in Vietnam.... and so on. Usually, it's the "shiny" part of the movie [[LightIsNotGood where the most unnerving events of the movie take place]].

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* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Many a film student will note that Kubrick was fond of a particular 2-act structure in his films, one with a "shiny" aesthetic half and one with a "gritty" aesthetic half. ''A Clockwork Orange'', for example, begins with a gritty portrayal of gang violence and is followed by a shiny portrayal of the main character's life in prison and going through human experimentation. ''Full Metal Jacket'' opens with a "shiny" first act that ends with a tragic murder, followed by a jarringly LighterAndSofter yet visually "gritty" second act of the main characters' tour in Vietnam.... and so on. Usually, it's the "shiny" part of the movie [[LightIsNotGood where the most unnerving events of the movie take place]].
8th May '16 10:10:58 AM Shadowbrook
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* BannedInChina:
** ''Paths of Glory'' was banned in France until 1970 due to its critical and [[HollywoodHistory inaccurate]] depiction of the French Army.
** Mixed with CreatorBacklash after accusations of LifeImitatesArt: ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was withdrawn from distribution in the UK at Kubrick's request - he did not believe it had actually inspired the crimes blamed on it, but his family received threats and saw protests staged outside their home. It remained unavailable in the UK until after Kubrick's death in 1999.
** Certain scenes of ''Film/EyesWideShut'' were blurred out in the USA at the time for being ''too sexually explicit''. In other Western countries people got the uncensored version and wondered what the hell the fuss was about?
8th May '16 10:09:39 AM Shadowbrook
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* WagTheDirector:
** In a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and in a non-hostile manner during the production of ''Spartacus''. Creator/KirkDouglas fired Creator/AnthonyMann and hired Stanley Kubrick, and though directing the film made Kubrick famous, he later claimed that almost everything was really controlled by Kirk Douglas, who was also the producer. The two of them were very good friends and Kubrick did it as a favor to Douglas.
*** Although [[WeUsedToBeFriends they weren't friends by the end,]] as both tried to control the film creatively, and the picture really wasn't big enough for both of them. Douglas later went on to describe Kubrick as "a talented shit."
** Kubrick quit the production of Creator/MarlonBrando's vehicle ''One Eyed Jacks'' (1961) after it became clear that Brando wanted to direct the film himself and Kubrick would be the director in name only.
14th Apr '16 8:47:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* TakeThat: Much of ''DoctorStrangelove'''s plot was inspired by Kubrick's conversations with the political scientist Thomas Schelling, whose influential book ''Arms and Influence'' took a very different perspective on nuclear weapons and the likelihood of their use by either ColdWar power.

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* TakeThat: Much of ''DoctorStrangelove'''s ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'''s plot was inspired by Kubrick's conversations with the political scientist Thomas Schelling, whose influential book ''Arms and Influence'' took a very different perspective on nuclear weapons and the likelihood of their use by either ColdWar power.
8th Apr '16 5:01:50 PM Mdumas43073
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'''Stanley Kubrick''' (July 26, 1928 March 7, 1999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.

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'''Stanley Kubrick''' Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 March 7, 1999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.
25th Feb '16 8:56:01 PM Mdumas43073
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'''Stanley Kubrick''' (19281999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.

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'''Stanley Kubrick''' (19281999) (July 26, 1928 March 7, 1999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.
25th Feb '16 8:54:43 PM Mdumas43073
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'''Stanley Kubrick''' (July 26, 1928 -- March 7, 1999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.

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'''Stanley Kubrick''' (July 26, 1928 -- March 7, 1999) (19281999) was a controversial director. [[TropesAreNotBad In a good way]]. His films spanned nearly every genre he could get his hands on -- but start in the wrong place.
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