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YMMV / Stanley Kubrick


  • Banned in China:
    • Paths of Glory was banned in France until 1970 due to its critical and inaccurate depiction of the French Army.
    • Mixed with Creator Backlash after accusations of Life Imitates Art: A Clockwork Orange was withdrawn from distribution in the UK at Kubrick's request - he did not believe it had actually inspired the crimes blamed on it, but his family received threats and saw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 Eyes Wide Shut 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?
  • Broken Base: Well... all of Kubrick's films divide audiences, even among fans.
  • Growing the Beard: His films went from "Excellent" to "All-time classics" around the time he grew his beard.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Well for a given value of mainstream. Kubrick's films were always cult favorites, popular among college crowds and intellectuals but they were never as popular as Hitchcock, John Ford or New Hollywood titles like Chinatown or The Godfather. It's only in the last few decades that Kubrick became really popular, not only for The Shining or 2001 but also cult titles like A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: 2001: A Space Odyssey still looks unbelievable after nearly forty-five years. Particularly amazing as it was made before the Moon landing.
  • Wag the Director:
    • In a bit of Early Installment Weirdness and in a non-hostile manner during the production of Spartacus. Kirk Douglas fired Anthony Mann 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 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 Marlon Brando'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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kubrick's film about Napoleon Bonaparte. A project he dreamt about making for years and garnered an unbelievable amount of documentation about. But it was thwarted by the movie Waterloo (1970), which got such a bad reception that producers weren't willing to invest in another Napoleon movie. Barry Lyndon 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 Schindler's List 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 Steven Spielberg, who eventually made it posthumously for Kubrick: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.

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