January 26 - March 1
No commercial filmmaker of the last 40 years has laid a stronger claim to "high art" than Stanley Kubrick. Think of the visionary psychological, psychedelic and spiritual experiment of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; the seductively evil iconography of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE SHINING; the meticulous period detail and study in candlelight of BARRY LYNDON. His earliest efforts were rooted in conventional genre cinema, but their originality and stylistic departures remain unique: THE KILLING,a ripping caper flick, paced by the clock and fractured in time; PATHS OF GLORY, an authoritative war narrative with anti-war eloquence; Kubrick's tack on the virtually unfilmable LOLITA, making it a demented screwball comedy (as long as Shelley Winters was in the picture); and DR. STRANGELOVE, the director twisting a pulp thriller into a post-modern prank of absurdism and pitch-black comedy. Words like "chilly" have been used to describe Kubrick, but just as often those attempting to describe his work have used "groundbreaking," "influential," "awe-inspiring" and "genius." His film legacy only grows with time. In retrospect, the best of his films remain as vital as ever with each viewing.
Kubrick's Career Odyssey
by Gary Arnold
The Washington Times
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Films include THE SHINING; SPARTACUS; THE KILLING; PATHS OF GLORY; DR. STRANGELOVE or: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB; LOLITA; 2001: SPACE ODYSSEY, BARRY LYNDON; A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
#29 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
"Here's Johnny!" Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds off-center family man Jack Nicholson as winter caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel. As wife Shelly Duvall and telepathically gifted son Danny Lloyd try to make the best of things, Jack's level of insanity crescendos into murderous frenzy as cabin fever, a taste for alcohol and the demonic hotel begin to seize him.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Diane Johnson, based on the novel by Stephen King. US/UK, 1980, color, 146 min. RATED R
Nominated for six Academy Awards, nabbing Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Ustinov. This epic drama follows the legend of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) who leads his fellow slaves in an uprising against the corrupt Roman empire. Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Tony Curtis and Jean Simmons round out the all-star cast.
DIR Stanley Kubrick; SCR Dalton Trumbo; PROD Edward Lewis. US, 1960, color, 198 min. NOT RATED
Nominated for the British Oscar, this fractured narrative was the first of a three film partnership (with PATHS OF GLORY and LOLITA) between producer James Hill and Kubrick. Sterling Hayden is ex-convict Johnny Clay. Fresh out of Alcatraz, his motto is "if you're going to do the crime, the crime better be worth it." Johnny masterminds a racetrack scheme with the help of some small time crooks. The plan looks foolproof until fate and sexual politics interfere.
DIR/SCR Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Lionel White; PROD James B. Harris. US, 1956, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED
PATHS OF GLORY
In World War I, promotion-seeking French General Mireau (George Macready) orders Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) to lead their forces on a suicide mission to take a German stronghold for no benefit other than Mireau's narcissism. The soldiers are unwilling to leave the trench, and Mireau selects three as an "example" to be executed for dereliction of duty.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb; PROD Kirk Douglas and James B. Harris. US, 1957, b&w, 87 min. NOT RATED
DR. STRANGELOVE or: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
#3 on AFI's 100Years...100 Laughs, #26 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and a Best Actor nod for Peter Sellers. Kubrick's satirical science-fiction fantasy finds the paranoid, sexually frustrated Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union because he suspects the communists are poisoning America's water supply. Peter Sellers is masterful playing three distinct rolesÑthe US president, a British military man and Dr. Strangelove, the former Nazi genius recruited to work on weapons designs for the Americans.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Terry Southern and Peter George, based on the novel by Peter George. UK, 1964, b&w, 96 min. RATED PG
When mild-mannered professor James Mason arrives in a small New England town, he is set upon by landlady Shelly Winters. Eventually, Mason acquiesces to marriage to be drawn closer to her 14-year-old daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon). Peter Sellers is outstanding as the man who lures Lolita away from the obsessed Mason.
DIR Stanley Kubrick; SCR Vladimir Nabokov, based on his novel; PROD James B. Harris. US/UK, 1962, b&w, 152 min. NOT RATED
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
#22 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
Screening in 70mm format!
Nominated for four Academy Awards. Beginning with the dawn of civilization and chronicling the rise from ape to man, the film evolves to the story of astronauts Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood who find themselves at the mercy of super computer HAL 9000. Powerful imagery, ground-breaking special effects, the bold classical music score and repeated juxtapositions of man and machinery have made 2001 one of the most significant and relevant films of the 20th century.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Arthur C. Clarke, from his short story. UK/US, 1967, color, 141 min. RATED G
Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Work. This epic 18th century costume drama stars Ryan O'Neal as the title character who flees his home after killing an army captain in a duel. Armed with ambition and a thirst for adventure, O'Neal is soon swept up in a random series of events including fighting in the Prussian army, spying on a nobleman and entering into marriage with a pedigreed lady for social status and fortune.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. UK, 1975, color, 184 min. RATED PG
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
#12 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains
Initially rated X upon its release and sparking copycat crimes across the UK, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Malcolm McDowell shines as the Beethoven-loving ringleader of a band of thugs who spend their days engaging in "a little of the old ultra-violence." When he is jailed for murder and subjected to an extreme behavior modification treatment by the government that renders him defenseless, some payback is in store for McDowell.
DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. UK, 1971, b&w/color, 136 min. RATED R