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Stanley Kubrick

It’s Stanley Kubrick’s birthday today. I was trying to rewatch all the Kubrick films that I could before today, but I only managed to get through some of the black and white ones. The Killing is an amazing film to watch as it seems that Kubrick’s style is just emerging. It’s very much film noir with great, rapid-fire dialogue and the whole thing just rolls along and then it’s over. Paths of Glory is striking and moving. Kubrick’s unblinking eye and amazing compositions create a moving film that stands out from the other films at the time. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is hilarious and still relevant. The obsessive details, meticulous compositions and the amazing performances by the entire cast (especially Peter Sellers). I bought the DVD of Dr. Strangelove” and one of the fascinating features on the disk are split-screen interviews with Sellers and George C. Scott where they answer questions that will later be asked by the local host and edited in. I also found the Barry Lyndon DVD on sale, but I haven’t watched that disk yet…it’s one of my favourite Kubrick films. Beautifully shot with natural light every frame looks like a painting. Tonight I’m watching Lolita. Jan Harlan’s documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures is one of my favourite documentaries. It served as inspiration for Errol and I when we started discussing the editing of When Voices Rise… and got me into the right frame of mind for editing the material that we had. With Kubrick’s films there is a perfection that is sometimes shocking. Every frame, every glance, every edit is just right. There is the official Kubrick site from Warner Brothers, an unofficial non-profit resource site, the Kubrick Multimedia Film Archive, and an intriguing site, kubrick.org that features Web artists reinterpreting Kubrick’s work for the Web.

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