Stanley Kubrick

2001 Space Odyssey (1968)

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The Slabs

After watching the movie, one can notice that various book edition companies worldwide have published Clarke intial story (1965-1968). These books have the monolith on their cover page (for instance "J’ai Lu" edition, december 19th 1975 and april 25th 2001).

1975 edition

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2001 edition

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This is how we notice very quickly and with surprise that the monolith is the keystone of the movie. Without the monolith, the prehominian would stay a great ape who will never take part of the adventure to Jupiter. So there would be no movie.

The movie "collagen" ie what fill in blanks between sequences where the monolith, which influences and leads the operation, shows up contains elements pulled from NASA technology (gravity within the space shuttle, magnetic shoes ...). The secondary storyline is expressed through the personality of HAL, the computer which controls the expedition to Jupiter and which decides that the crew is not able to conduct the operation and tries to take over the full controle of it.

Surprisingly there is a really similarity between monolith slabs of the movie and those created few years earlier since 1957 by the contemporay artist Georges Yatridès, especially in the following paintings:

 

Eyes Wide Shut (1998)

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Alice and Bill Harford is a couple whose harmony has been used by the years. Alice tries to revive Bill's passion by describing him a fantasm in which he does not take part. Bill, desoriented, then looks for a wife without any problem, so with no surprise and with no deception. The adventure leads him to a complicated situation in which an organization uses women as anonymous object, spiritually and physically available to anyone at such extent that their lives are at risk if the contract with the organization is not respected.

Cruise is amazing in this role and the litanical "monophonochromatic" music of Jocelyn Pook is somptuous and enchanting.

 

Paths of Glory (1957)

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In this movie the spectator attends a moral confrontation between two French army officers describing a critical representation of the French Army High Command. One of those, high rank officer wants to engage his troups in a suicide operation only in order to reach personal goals. The artistic complicity between Kubrick and Kirk Douglas is so good that this movie was refused by the French dimplomacy until 1975, date of his release in France.

 

Biography - synopsis

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The density of this man is exceptional. At school he's specially interested in physics but this did not yet grant him access to University. From his father he gets his first camera at 13 years old. Associated to Jazz music this device will lead him directly to make his fiorst movie, Day of the Fight having taken advantage of his relationships and his reputation in the photography world he belongs to thanks to his job for Look magazine. He will later on become a great movie maker.

 

 

Biography

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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 worked far beyond the confines of the Hollywood system, maintaining almost complete artistic control and making movies according to his own whims and time constraints, but with the rare advantage of big-studio financial support for all his endeavors. Although he was nominated for an Academy Award as a screenwriter and director on several occasions, his only personal win was for the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

Bibliography

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  • Crone, Rainer (text) and Stanley Kubrick (photographs) (2005). Stanley Kubrick. Drama and Shadows: Photographs 1945-1950. Phaidon Press. ISBN 0-7148-4438-1. 
  • Fischer, Ralf Michael (2009). Raum und Zeit im filmischen Oeuvre von Stanley Kubrick. Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7861-2598-3. 
  • David Hughes (2000). The Complete Kubrick. London: Virgin. ISBN 0-7535-0452-9.