Take a dip in the surreal world of The Shining star of 20th century cinema, Stanley Kubrick.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has come together with LACMA to honour the legacy, works and practices of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most famous and well-respected Hollywood filmmakers of all time. Currently on display at LACMA in Los Angeles is a reflective insight into Kubrick’s world, including garments, original sketches and photographs. Close friends and colleagues have contributed to the exhibition including Sir Hardy Amies, life long friend and colleague of Kubrick, who donated Polaroids and sketches collected during their collaboration for the Academy Award winning, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Maker of freaky film classics A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and the full-on Full Metal Jacket and Lolita, collections of Kubrick’s production photography, lenses, cameras, set models, costumes, annotated scripts and props are all on display. As with many defining artists it is Kubrick’s posthumous legacy which is often discussed, significantly the possibilities and pre production of his incomplete Napoleon film and The Aryan Papers. The exhibition looks at these two films closely, from the pre production research, to filed footage and images from Kubrick’s personal archive, on loan to LA from the archive’s permanent home, University of the Arts London.
‘Stanley Kubrick’ the exhibition explores a long career defining and redefining technological advances conceived and utilised by Kubrick and his team right up until his death in 1999. As a ground-breaking director respected amongst the greats of the art world, ‘Stanley Kubrick’, like his films, will bend your mind, freak you out, throw you off balance and make you think what makes a legend.
10 Facts About Stanley Kubrick and Films
1. Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928.
2. It’s pronounced Cue-brick not Koo-brick.
3. He grew up in the Bronx.
4. His dad was a doctor.
5. He wanted to be a drummer.
6. He was the youngest ever staff photographer to be hired at Look Magazine.
7. He was once fired by Marlon Brando.
8. The people who owned the hotel where The Shining was filmed were so worried people wouldn’t book into room 217 (as in the book) that Kubrick changed the room to 237 in the film.
9. During filming of Full Metal Jacket, each recruit had to have his head shaved once a week for continuity.
10. A Clockwork Orange was the quickest film shoot of his career.
Stanley Kubrick runs from 1st November 2012 to 30th June 2013.
Text: Declan Higgins