Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1928–99) was a master who took the art of
filmmaking further than any other contemporary director, a creative
perfectionist whose work now fascinates new generations. He started out
as a photographer before moving into film noir aged barely 25, after
which the power and originality of his work soon brought him box-office
In the 1960s he lived and worked in London, away from the
scandal caused by his adaptation of Lolita (1962) and from the
major studios, from which, uniquely, he was able to wrest total control
of his films. He made only a dozen features in 50 years, each of which
displays an extraordinary degree of technical and aesthetic invention.
From the sci-fi 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) onwards, each of
his masterpieces explores new genres and controversial topics, such as
Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket, 1987), violence (A Clockwork
Orange, 1971), horror (The Shining, 1980) and sexuality (Eyes
Wide Shut, 1999).
About The Author
Bill Krohn, internationally respected as one of the world's best cinema critics, is the Los Angeles correspondent for Cahiers du cinema. He is also the author of Hitchcock at Work, which has been translated into numerous languages.
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