Stanley Kubrick

Film director

1928 – 1999

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Who was Stanley Kubrick?

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did much of his work in the United Kingdom. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, are noted for their "dazzling" and unique cinematography, attention to detail in the service of realism, and the evocative use of music. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, literary adaptations, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. Kubrick was also noted for being a demanding perfectionist, using painstaking care with scene staging, camera-work and coordinating extremely closely both with his actors and his behind-scenes collaborators.

Starting out as a photographer in New York City, he taught himself all aspects of film production and directing after graduating from high school. His earliest films were made on a shoestring budget, followed by one Hollywood blockbuster, Spartacus, after which he spent most of the rest of his career living and filming in the United Kingdom. His home at Childwickbury Manor in Hertfordshire became his workplace where he did his writing, research, editing and management of production details. This allowed him to have almost complete artistic control, but with the rare advantage of having financial support from major Hollywood studios.

Famous Quotes:

  • You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.
  • I believe Bergman, De Sica, and Fellini are the only three filmmakers in the world who are not just artistic opportunists. By this I mean they don't just sit and wait for a good story to come along and then make it. They have a point of view which is expressed over and over and over again in their films, and they themselves write or have original material written for them.

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Born
Jul 26, 1928
The Bronx
Also known as
  • Stan Kubrick
  • Stanley Kubrik
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
  • Agnosticism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Jewish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • William Howard Taft High School
    (1941 - 1945)
  • Columbia University
  • City College of New York
Employment
  • Look
    (1946 - 1951)
Lived in
  • The Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • New York City
Died
Mar 7, 1999
St Albans
Resting place
Childwickbury Manor

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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