History Creator / StanleyKubrick

17th Sep '17 12:01:10 AM MackWylde
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Mostly on the cynical end of the scale. 2001: A Space Odyssey might be his most idealistic film.
27th Jul '17 10:58:17 PM Aeon1337
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** Quite amusingly, Kubrick denied being perfectionist. Dorian Harewood, who played Eightball from Film/FullMetalJacket, said that in an interview that Kubrick was a perfectionist. A few days later, Kubrick called Harewood later and denied being considered such. Likewise, Kubrick said that he kept doing multiple takes because he thought his actors, though they got the right idea, weren't happy with their performance.

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** Quite amusingly, Kubrick denied being perfectionist. Dorian Harewood, who played Eightball from Film/FullMetalJacket, said that in an interview that Kubrick was a perfectionist. A few days later, Kubrick called Harewood a few days later and denied being considered such. Likewise, Kubrick said that he kept doing multiple takes because he thought his actors, though they got the right idea, weren't happy with their performance.
26th Jul '17 4:51:37 AM benda
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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, surrealism, 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]].

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* SignatureStyle: Very far Mostly 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, surrealism, 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]].
26th Jul '17 4:17:00 AM benda
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* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]]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.

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* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]]It To the point that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Conway one conman]] successfully managed to impersonate him ''in front of an experienced film critic''. It should be noted though 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.


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** The inclusion of "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" in ''Film/EyesWideShut''.
20th Jul '17 9:29:55 AM JulianLapostat
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* NoWomansLand: Kubrick has generally been considered a director of men, with very few strong women characters in his movies. The fact that the main exception is the titular ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' is saying something.
** A number of his movies are set during wartime such as ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' and ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' where the main options for women are either sex objects, potential and actual rape victims, [[spoiler:or a child soldier, as in the case of the Sniper at the end of the film]]. Likewise, his dystopian film ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' is set in a future where women are more or less sex objects, and rape is more or less a constant never-ending crime.
** His film, ''Film/BarryLyndon'' was one of the few period films of its time, and times afterwards, that really put across how misohynist and sexist the period setting romanticized in earlier literary adaptations are. A society where the only careers available to women is marriage and children, is not healthy either for women, for children or for their spouses. Depresssingly this seems to have gotten worse in his "contemporary" ''Film/EyesWideShut'' where by the turn of the millennium, women are once again trapped in boring marriages, with careers as prostitutes and DisposableSexWorker, and/or TrophyWife being their primary roles in bourgeois society. Whether this reflects how Kubrick believes society to be, or reflected his own imagination is of course a separate issue.
10th Jul '17 11:23:07 AM JulianLapostat
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** Later in his career, extensive {{Steadicam}} use. Kubrick was one of the first filmmakers to really embrace the technology. Interestingly, he was also known for personally handling the camera whenever a handheld (shaky) shot was necessary. Examples are ''2001'' (when descending the ramp on the moon), and ''The Killing'', which is notable because it creates a JitterCam effect (meant to portray the chaos after a gunfight) in a ''black and white'' movie, in '''1956'''.

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** Later in his career, extensive {{Steadicam}} use. Kubrick was one of the first filmmakers to really embrace the technology. Interestingly, he was also known for personally handling the camera whenever a handheld (shaky) shot was necessary. Examples are ''2001'' (when descending the ramp on the moon), and ''The Killing'', which is notable because it creates a JitterCam effect (meant to portray the chaos after a gunfight) inspired perhaps by a similar sequence in Creator/NicholasRay's ''Film/OnDangerousGround'' made a ''black and white'' movie, in '''1956'''.few years back.
10th Jul '17 9:48:28 AM jamespolk
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Because of his high artistic ambitions (he was obsessed with originality and doing things that had never been done before), his insistence on personally researching each aspect of pre-production (A side-effect of his autodidact origins[[note]]For Film/BarryLyndon, Kubrick would personally scour countless paintings to create reference material for the film's look, costume and production designer, work that other film-makers, including great directors, would properly delegate to others but which he felt he had to do himself[[/note]]) and his insistence on doing a film that interests him thoroughly, his production pace slowed down drastically. He made four films in TheSixties and five films in the next three decades, much of his time spent on pre-production for unmade projects such as a planned {{Biopic}} on UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, a film on UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, and a science-fiction project about an Android. The former two he abandoned because he felt he had been beaten to the punch[[note]]By an adaptation of ''Film/WarAndPeace'' in TheSeventies by Sergei Bondarchuk and ''Film/SchindlersList'' by Spielberg in TheNineties[[/note]]. The latter project was subsequently completed after his death by Creator/StevenSpielberg as ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' as per Kubrick's suggestion.

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Because of his high artistic ambitions (he was obsessed with originality and doing things that had never been done before), his insistence on personally researching each aspect of pre-production (A side-effect of his autodidact origins[[note]]For Film/BarryLyndon, Kubrick would personally scour countless paintings to create reference material for the film's look, costume and production designer, work that other film-makers, including great directors, would properly delegate to others but which he felt he had to do himself[[/note]]) and his insistence on doing a film that interests him thoroughly, his production pace slowed down drastically. He made four films in TheSixties and five films in the next three decades, much of his time spent on pre-production for unmade projects such as a planned {{Biopic}} on UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, a film on UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, and a science-fiction project about an Android. The former two he abandoned because he felt he had been beaten to the punch[[note]]By an adaptation of ''Film/WarAndPeace'' ''Waterloo'' in TheSeventies by Sergei Bondarchuk and ''Film/SchindlersList'' by Spielberg in TheNineties[[/note]]. The latter project was subsequently completed after his death by Creator/StevenSpielberg as ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' as per Kubrick's suggestion.
27th May '17 3:12:18 AM TrippyDippy
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You can now vote for your favourite Kubrick film by heading over to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestFilmStanleyKubrick Best Film Crowner]]!
26th Feb '17 11:22:10 AM JulianLapostat
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Yet despite this seeming procrastination, Kubrick was still able to more or less make a film as per he pleased as evidenced by ''Film/AClockworkOrange, Film/BarryLyndon, Film/TheShining, Film/FullMetalJacket'' and much later ''Film/EyesWideShut''. During his lifetime virtually all his films were met with a polarizing reception by critics and the audience but they were all box-office successes. They were shocking and controversial both for the content but generally for the really cold, ironic and even sardonic tone, that somehow made his films feel more European than American, and certainly like nothing in Hollywood. All his movies were adaptations of literature, both LitFic and genre fiction, but they were all GenreBusting, subversive of Hollywood conventions, featuring AntiHero protagonists, violence and disturbing sexuality. They are celebrated for its visual design, his use of music[[note]]Kubrick generally didn't like original scores, much to the annoyance of composers who worked with him, and he tended to use samples from classical and modernist music and mix them up with other pieces[[/note]], the blazingly original iconography (his background in photography really shows in his work) and the overall bleak view of humanity and institutions made his films ripe for AffectionateParody, PopCulturalOsmosis and cult appeal.

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Yet despite this seeming procrastination, Kubrick was still able to more or less make a film as per he pleased as evidenced by ''Film/AClockworkOrange, Film/BarryLyndon, Film/TheShining, Film/FullMetalJacket'' and much later ''Film/EyesWideShut''. During his lifetime virtually all his films were met with a polarizing reception by critics and the audience but they were all box-office successes. They were shocking and controversial both for the not merely in terms of content but generally mainly for the really cold, ironic detached and even sardonic tone, that somehow made his films feel more European than American, and certainly like nothing in Hollywood. All his movies were adaptations of literature, both LitFic and genre fiction, but they were all GenreBusting, subversive of Hollywood conventions, featuring AntiHero protagonists, violence and disturbing sexuality. They are celebrated for its visual design, his use of music[[note]]Kubrick generally didn't like original scores, much to the annoyance of composers who worked with him, and he tended to use samples from classical and modernist music and mix them up with other pieces[[/note]], the blazingly original iconography (his background in photography really shows in his work) and the overall bleak view of humanity and institutions made his films ripe for AffectionateParody, PopCulturalOsmosis and cult appeal.
26th Feb '17 11:04:14 AM JulianLapostat
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* BittersweetEnding: He generally favored DownerEnding or GainaxEnding. The only outright happy ending in his films is ''Killer's Kiss'' which contrary to belief was his call and not forced by ExecutiveMeddling. In the case of ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/EyesWideShut'' at least, it's possible to [[spoiler:see the endings of both films as positive, especially the latter where the couple seem to put aside their baggage and re-commit to their relationship, but the tone and approach in both is kind of ambiguous and comic, and left to the audience]].

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* BittersweetEnding: He generally favored DownerEnding or GainaxEnding. The only outright happy ending in his films is ''Killer's Kiss'' which contrary to belief was his call and not forced by ExecutiveMeddling. In the case of ''Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/EyesWideShut'' at least, it's possible to [[spoiler:see the endings of both films as positive, especially the latter where the couple seem to put aside their baggage and re-commit to their relationship, but the tone and approach in both is kind of ambiguous and comic, and left to the audience]].
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