Monday, March 7, 2011
MORGUE MONDAY: Stanley Kubrick
This is the beginning of a column called "Morgue Monday". On random Monday we will feature someone who died in the 80's or 90's. We are sad to see them go but it is our duty to poke them with a long stick to see just how radical and dead they really are. From Kurt Cobain to Jon-Erik Hexum to Ray Combs to Jeremy from the song that Pearl Jam wrote called "Jeremy"! We will find them!!!!
It just so happens that filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died today, March 7, 1999 at the age of 70. That was 12 years ago today!! Where were you???
"Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career. Kubrick was noted for the scrupulous care with which he chose his subjects, his slow method of working, the variety of genres he worked in, his technical perfectionism, and his reclusiveness about his films and personal life. He maintained almost complete artistic control, making movies according to his own whims and time constraints, but with the rare advantage of big-studio financial support for all his endeavors."
"Kubrick's films are characterized by a formal visual style and meticulous attention to detail—his later films often have elements of surrealism and expressionism that eschews structured linear narrative. His films are repeatedly described as slow and methodical, and are often perceived as a reflection of his obsessive and perfectionist nature. A recurring theme in his films is man's inhumanity to man. While often viewed as expressing an ironic pessimism, a few critics feel his films contain a cautious optimism when viewed more carefully."
His films include Paths of Glory, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut, among others.
RIP STANLEY KUBRICK