History Creator / StanleyKubrick

7th Dec '17 6:06:07 PM JulianLapostat
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In England, Kubrick was able to cultivate [[ShroudedInMyth a sense of mystery and excitement about his work]]. At a remote distance from Hollywood he was able to assert control over all aspects of film-making from pre-production to editing and sound-mixing, from advertising to exhibition[[note]]No [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer seriously]], Kubrick would appoint [[BigBrotherIsWatching staffers to go to different theaters across America]] and England and if he received reports and complaints that a projectionist was screening his film in the wrong aspect-ratio, or if the theatre had bad lighting, [[ControlFreak he would ''personally'' call the projector during the screening and tell the man how to screen it correctly]][[/note]]. He was able to do this thanks to support from excellent producers such as James B. Harris and Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law) and the fact that his films were, relatively speaking, less expensive than other Hollywood super-productions of the time, although some of them did fail at the box office. During this time, Kubrick also became, so to speak, a ReclusiveArtist. He would give interviews as per his convenience and would be inaccessible to journalists and celebrity gossip-columnists and generally interact only with his collaborators and producers. As such a number of legends cropped up about him. People he had worked with have described him as [[NotGoodWithPeople acidic to others but amazingly fond of animals, particularly cats]], and very close to his wife and children. Actors who worked on his films described him as manipulative, distant and aloof. Creator/MalcolmMcDowell thoroughly enjoyed working with him on ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', but was [[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately snubbed after shooting was complete]]. Others, such as Ryan O'Neal, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/TomCruise and Creator/RLeeErmey, however, enjoyed working with him and described him fondly.[[note]]On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''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.[[/note]]

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In England, Kubrick was able to cultivate [[ShroudedInMyth a sense of mystery and excitement about his work]]. At a remote distance from Hollywood he was able to assert control over all aspects of film-making from pre-production to editing and sound-mixing, from advertising to exhibition[[note]]No [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer seriously]], Kubrick would appoint [[BigBrotherIsWatching staffers to go to different theaters across America]] and England and if he received reports and complaints that a projectionist was screening his film in the wrong aspect-ratio, or if the theatre had bad lighting, [[ControlFreak he would ''personally'' call the projector during the screening and tell the man how to screen it correctly]][[/note]]. He was able to do this thanks to support from excellent producers such as James B. Harris and Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law) and the fact that his films were, relatively speaking, less expensive than other Hollywood super-productions of the time, although some of them did fail and they were generally successful at the box office.box-office. During this time, Kubrick also became, so to speak, a ReclusiveArtist. He would give interviews as per his convenience and would be inaccessible to journalists and celebrity gossip-columnists and generally interact only with his collaborators and producers. As such a number of legends cropped up about him. People he had worked with have described him as [[NotGoodWithPeople acidic to others but amazingly fond of animals, particularly cats]], and very close to his wife and children. Actors who worked on his films described him as manipulative, distant and aloof. Creator/MalcolmMcDowell thoroughly enjoyed working with him on ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', but was [[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately snubbed after shooting was complete]]. Others, such as Ryan O'Neal, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/TomCruise and Creator/RLeeErmey, however, enjoyed working with him and described him fondly.[[note]]On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''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.[[/note]]
7th Dec '17 5:47:02 PM LyricalPorcupine
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In England, Kubrick was able to cultivate [[ShroudedInMyth a sense of mystery and excitement about his work]]. At a remote distance from Hollywood he was able to assert control over all aspects of film-making from pre-production to editing and sound-mixing, from advertising to exhibition[[note]]No [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer seriously]], Kubrick would appoint [[BigBrotherIsWatching staffers to go to different theaters across America]] and England and if he received reports and complaints that a projectionist was screening his film in the wrong aspect-ratio, or if the theatre had bad lighting, [[ControlFreak he would ''personally'' call the projector during the screening and tell the man how to screen it correctly]][[/note]]. He was able to do this thanks to support from excellent producers such as James B. Harris and Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law) and the fact that his films were, relatively speaking, less expensive than other Hollywood super-productions of the time, and that they all made a profit. During this time, Kubrick also became, so to speak, a ReclusiveArtist. He would give interviews as per his convenience and would be inaccessible to journalists and celebrity gossip-columnists and generally interact only with his collaborators and producers. As such a number of legends cropped up about him. People he had worked with have described him as [[NotGoodWithPeople acidic to others but amazingly fond of animals, particularly cats]], and very close to his wife and children. Actors who worked on his films described him as manipulative, distant and aloof. Creator/MalcolmMcDowell thoroughly enjoyed working with him on ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', but was [[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately snubbed after shooting was complete]]. Others, such as Ryan O'Neal, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/TomCruise and Creator/RLeeErmey, however, enjoyed working with him and described him fondly.[[note]]On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''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.[[/note]]

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In England, Kubrick was able to cultivate [[ShroudedInMyth a sense of mystery and excitement about his work]]. At a remote distance from Hollywood he was able to assert control over all aspects of film-making from pre-production to editing and sound-mixing, from advertising to exhibition[[note]]No [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer seriously]], Kubrick would appoint [[BigBrotherIsWatching staffers to go to different theaters across America]] and England and if he received reports and complaints that a projectionist was screening his film in the wrong aspect-ratio, or if the theatre had bad lighting, [[ControlFreak he would ''personally'' call the projector during the screening and tell the man how to screen it correctly]][[/note]]. He was able to do this thanks to support from excellent producers such as James B. Harris and Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law) and the fact that his films were, relatively speaking, less expensive than other Hollywood super-productions of the time, and that they all made a profit.although some of them did fail at the box office. During this time, Kubrick also became, so to speak, a ReclusiveArtist. He would give interviews as per his convenience and would be inaccessible to journalists and celebrity gossip-columnists and generally interact only with his collaborators and producers. As such a number of legends cropped up about him. People he had worked with have described him as [[NotGoodWithPeople acidic to others but amazingly fond of animals, particularly cats]], and very close to his wife and children. Actors who worked on his films described him as manipulative, distant and aloof. Creator/MalcolmMcDowell thoroughly enjoyed working with him on ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', but was [[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately snubbed after shooting was complete]]. Others, such as Ryan O'Neal, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/TomCruise and Creator/RLeeErmey, however, enjoyed working with him and described him fondly.[[note]]On average, however, his relationships could be defined by the making of ''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.[[/note]]



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 not merely in terms of content but mainly for the really cold, 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.

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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 audience, but they most of them were all box-office successes. They were shocking and controversial not merely in terms of content but mainly for the really cold, 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.



* ''Film/TheKilling'' (1956) -- A FilmNoir, his first commercial success, first collaboration with Creator/SterlingHayden, famous for its non-linear variation on ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle''-style heist movie plot that was highly popular in TheFifties.

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* ''Film/TheKilling'' (1956) -- A FilmNoir, his first commercial real success, first collaboration with Creator/SterlingHayden, famous for its non-linear variation on ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle''-style heist movie plot that was highly popular in TheFifties.
7th Dec '17 12:41:42 AM TheMountainKing
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* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' (1957) -- The first of his two films starring Creator/KirkDouglas, he also met Jan Harlan during production[[note]][[note]]Jan's sister Christiane is the woman who appears in the last scene and sings at the end. She and Kubrick married and he settled in England with her and his family, for the rest of his life[[/note]] and his BreakthroughHit. Set in France during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with a critical look at the military establishment that was quite daring for its time and which led to it being [[BannedInChina banned in France]].

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* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' (1957) -- The first of his two films starring Creator/KirkDouglas, he also met Jan Harlan during production[[note]][[note]]Jan's production[[note]]Jan's sister Christiane is the woman who appears in the last scene and sings at the end. She and Kubrick married and he settled in England with her and his family, for the rest of his life[[/note]] and his BreakthroughHit. Set in France during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with a critical look at the military establishment that was quite daring for its time and which led to it being [[BannedInChina banned in France]].
5th Dec '17 1:18:25 AM JulianLapostat
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!! References to Antonioni in popular culture

* CelebritySong Instrumental [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8J98ZeS-ME Stanley Kubrick]] by Music/{{Mogwai}}.

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!! References to Antonioni Kubrick in popular culture

* CelebritySong Instrumental [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8J98ZeS-ME Stanley Kubrick]] by Music/{{Mogwai}}.Music/{{Mogwai}}.
* An appearance in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.

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29th Nov '17 6:14:59 AM Breakermorrant
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!! References to Antonioni in popular culture

* CelebritySong Instrumental [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8J98ZeS-ME Stanley Kubrick]] by Music/{{Mogwai}}.
20th Nov '17 4:04:47 PM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme: The dark side of human nature, effects of war, dehumanization in order to support the plan, broken systems, corruption.
10th Nov '17 7:56:01 PM MackWylde
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* OddFriendship: With Creator/StevenSpielberg, at least to some fans. They were very different in terms of style but they had a friendship and collaboration, often talking on phone. When Kubrick thought he couldn't deliver on ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', he gave Spielberg his blessing to direct the project. Spielberg stayed true to Kubrick's style for the making of the film.

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* OddFriendship: With Creator/StevenSpielberg, at least to some fans.Creator/StevenSpielberg. They were very different in terms of style but they had a friendship and collaboration, often talking on phone. When Kubrick thought he couldn't deliver on ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', he gave Spielberg his blessing to direct the project. Spielberg stayed true to Kubrick's style for the making of the film.
10th Nov '17 7:51:02 PM MackWylde
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* GrayAndGreyMorality

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* GrayAndGreyMoralityGrayAndGreyMorality: Where his films are mainly portrayed in terms of human morality and nature.
10th Nov '17 7:47:39 PM MackWylde
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Sometimes shown during moments of his stories, particularly ''Barry Lyndon'' and ''A Clockwork Orange''

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Sometimes shown during moments of his stories, particularly ''Barry Lyndon'' and ''A Clockwork Orange''Orange''. However, because his films are known for their realism, morality is more portrayed as GrayAndGreyMorality.



* HumansAreBastards: Kubrick's films show mankind at its weakest and most anti-heroic, especially political and military institutions and organisations. A telling moment in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' is that one of the first things apeman does with his higher intelligence is bashing the head of his fellow apemans in with a huge bone.

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* HumansAreBastards: HumansAreFlawed: Kubrick's films show mankind at its weakest and most anti-heroic, especially political and military institutions and organisations. organizations. A telling moment in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' is that one of the first things apeman does with his higher intelligence is bashing the head of his fellow apemans ape-mans in with a huge bone. However the further evolved humans shown to still trying to change for the better.
7th Nov '17 11:55:58 AM JulianLapostat
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* OddFriendship: With StevenSpielberg. They were as far from similar in style and storytelling as you could possibly get and yet they loved each others work and wished to make a film like the other. Spielberg often wanted to be the great arthouse filmmaker that Kubrick was, and Kubrick often longed to be an audience pleasing sentimentalist like Spielberg. When Kubrick thought he couldn't deliver the sentimental heart needed for AIArtificialIntelligence, he gave Spielberg his blessing to direct the project. Spielberg stayed true to Kubrick's style for the making of the film.

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* OddFriendship: With StevenSpielberg. Creator/StevenSpielberg, at least to some fans. They were as far from similar very different in terms of style and storytelling as you could possibly get and yet but they loved each others work had a friendship and wished to make a film like the other. Spielberg collaboration, often wanted to be the great arthouse filmmaker that Kubrick was, and Kubrick often longed to be an audience pleasing sentimentalist like Spielberg. talking on phone. When Kubrick thought he couldn't deliver the sentimental heart needed for AIArtificialIntelligence, on ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', he gave Spielberg his blessing to direct the project. Spielberg stayed true to Kubrick's style for the making of the film.
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