Stanley Kubrick

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. The film that first brought him attention to many critics was Paths of Glory, the first of three films of his about the dehumanizing effects of war. Many of his films at first got a lukewarm reception, only to be years later acclaimed as masterpieces that had a seminal influence on many later generations of film-makers. Considered especially ...

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Keir Dullea  •  Douglas Rain  •  Gary Lockwood  •  William Sylvester

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Keir Dullea  •  Douglas Rain  •  Gary Lockwood  •  William Sylvester

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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After Dr. Bill Harford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Madison Eginton  •  Jackie Sawiris

After Dr. Bill Harford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Madison Eginton  •  Jackie Sawiris

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Patrick Magee  •  Adrienne Corri  •  Michael Bates

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Patrick Magee  •  Adrienne Corri  •  Michael Bates

Barry Lyndon (1975)

An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Marisa Berenson  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Diana Körner

An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Marisa Berenson  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Diana Körner

Fear and Desire (1953)

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Frank Silvera  •  Paul Mazursky  •  Kenneth Harp  •  Virginia Leith

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Frank Silvera  •  Paul Mazursky  •  Kenneth Harp  •  Virginia Leith

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  R. Lee Ermey

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  R. Lee Ermey

Killer's Kiss (1955)

The film revolves around Davey Gordon, a 29 year old welterweight New York boxer in the end of his career, and his relationship with a dancer and her violent employer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Frank Silvera  •  Jamie Smith  •  Irene Kane  •  Jerry Jarrett

The film revolves around Davey Gordon, a 29 year old welterweight New York boxer in the end of his career, and his relationship with a dancer and her violent employer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Frank Silvera  •  Jamie Smith  •  Irene Kane  •  Jerry Jarrett

Lolita (1962)

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  James Mason  •  Sue Lyon  •  Shelley Winters  •  Peter Sellers

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  James Mason  •  Sue Lyon  •  Shelley Winters  •  Peter Sellers

Paths of Glory (1957)

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A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Ralph Meeker  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  George Macready

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Ralph Meeker  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  George Macready

Spartacus (1960)

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The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  Charles Laughton

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  Charles Laughton

The Killing (1956)

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Coleen Gray  •  Vince Edwards  •  Jay C. Flippen

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Coleen Gray  •  Vince Edwards  •  Jay C. Flippen

The Seafarers (1953)

Acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color. The documentary focuses on the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Don Hollenbeck  •  Paul Hall

Acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color. The documentary focuses on the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Don Hollenbeck  •  Paul Hall

The Shining (1980)

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Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Danny Lloyd  •  Scatman Crothers

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Danny Lloyd  •  Scatman Crothers

Day of the Fight (1951)

American short subject documentary film in black-and-white, which is notable as the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Vincent Cartier  •  Walter Cartier  •  Nat Fleischer  •  Bobby James

American short subject documentary film in black-and-white, which is notable as the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Vincent Cartier  •  Walter Cartier  •  Nat Fleischer  •  Bobby James

Flying Padre (1951)

Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Bob Hite  •  Fred Stadtmueller

Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Bob Hite  •  Fred Stadtmueller

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Harlan
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Barbara Kroner  •  Steven Marcus

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Harlan
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Barbara Kroner  •  Steven Marcus

Dark Side of the Moon (2002)

A French documentary or, one might say more accurately, a mockumentary, by director William Karel which originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Karel
CAST:  Stanley Kubrick  •  Richard Nixon  •  Buzz Aldrin  •  Lois Aldrin

A French documentary or, one might say more accurately, a mockumentary, by director William Karel which originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Karel
CAST:  Stanley Kubrick  •  Richard Nixon  •  Buzz Aldrin  •  Lois Aldrin

Once Upon a Time... A Clockwork Orange (2012)

A dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange. Where a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine de Gaudemar
CAST:  Stanley Kubrick  •  Anthony Burgess  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Jan Harlan

A dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange. Where a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine de Gaudemar
CAST:  Stanley Kubrick  •  Anthony Burgess  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Jan Harlan

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

An attempt to bring the work of surrealist artists to a wider public. The plot is that of an average Joe who can conjure up dreams that will improve his customer's lives. This frame story serves as a link between several avant-garde sequences created by leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Jack Bittner  •  Libby Holman  •  Dorothy Griffith  •  Josh White

An attempt to bring the work of surrealist artists to a wider public. The plot is that of an average Joe who can conjure up dreams that will improve his customer's lives. This frame story serves as a link between several avant-garde sequences created by leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans Richter
CAST:  Jack Bittner  •  Libby Holman  •  Dorothy Griffith  •  Josh White
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