Looking Back a the Genius of Stanley Kubrick

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Stanley Kubrick.   Kubrick died at the age of 70 in 1999 after having directed less than 20 films in his entire career.  But that was more than enough for him to make his mark on Hollywood and go down as one of the greatest directors of all-time.   It’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite work of his considering his library includes classics like Spartacus, Lolita, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket.   While those aren’t his only films, they are probably the most commercially successful.  But talk about range.  How do you direct Spartacus and then take on A Clockwork Orange?

Few directors ever had that kind of ability and we will always remember his genius behind the camera.  Rather than do a whole write up on his life we’re going to share it in video format.  But first, here are some memorable quotes from him:

  • If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
  • Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
  • If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

And here’s an hour and a half documentary about him


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