|STANLEY KUBRICK -
From his landmark early films like PATHS OF GLORY,
LOLITA and DR. STRANGELOVE, through his futuristic nightmare A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and on to
his late masterpieces THE SHINING, FULL METAL JACKET and EYES WIDE SHUT, director Stanley
Kubrick (1928 1999) created an unmistakable vision of a world both primitive
and alarmingly advanced, plagued by war and constantly in search of some transcendent
vision of harmony. His recurrent theme of the dehumanization of mankind was often
juxtaposed against the exquisitely beautiful images he framed with his camera.
Born in the Bronx to Jewish parents, Kubrick was introduced at a
young age to chess and photography by his physician father; both would become lifelong
obsessions. At age 17, he joined the staff of Look magazine as a photographer, and
after directing several short documentaries, made his first low-budget feature, FEAR AND
DESIRE in 1953, followed quickly by KILLERS KISS and THE KILLING.
Notoriously private but intensely loyal to friends and family,
Kubrick spent much of the last four decades of his life at his home in England, surrounded
by camera equipment and meticulous notes on the making of his films; he passed away there
in 1999, just prior to the release of his final film EYES WIDE SHUT.
Friday, November 4 7:30 PM
FULL METAL JACKET, 1987, Warner
Bros., 116 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. A remarkably faithful and powerful adaptation of
Gustav Hasfords novel The Short Timers, flavored with equal parts black humor
and pathos, following green Marine recruits Mathew Modine and Arliss Howard from
basic training to Vietnam inferno. Includes some of the most jawdropping portrayals of
military madness ever to grace the screen, courtesy of raw recruit Vincent DOnofrio
and real-life drill sergeant R. Lee Ermey.
Saturday, November 5 7:30 PM
PATHS OF GLORY, 1957, UA (Sony), 86
min. Aided by writers Jim Thompson and Calder Willingham, Kubrick fashions what still
remains one of the most biting, potent and eloquent anti-war films ever made. During WWI,
French officer Kirk Douglas finds himself in a maze of catch-22 contradictions when
he decides to defend three of his men against charges of cowardice from insane general
George Macready. Featuring great performances from Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker and
THE KILLING, 1956, UA (Sony), 83 min.
Kubricks tough-as-nails heist film about a robbery at a racetrack features an
incredible rogues gallery of great character actors, including Sterling Hayden,
Coleen Gray, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor and Timothy Carey. One of the most
entertaining crime films ever made, propelled by Kubricks no-nonsense approach and
screenwriter Jim Thompsons biting, chiseled-in-stone dialogue (based on Lionel
Whites novel Clean Break).
Sunday, November 6 5:00 PM
BARRY LYNDON, 1975, Warner
Bros., 183 min. Winner of four Academy Awards, including one for d.p. John Alcotts
marvelous cinematography (the all-candlelit interiors must be seen to be believed), BARRY
LYNDON stars Ryan ONeal as Thackerays flawed 18th-century soldier
of fortune, struggling to find his place in a rigidly structured (and beautifully
coiffured) social hierarchy. Here, Kubrick recreates a bygone romantic era with a
bittersweet wistfulness and a wealth of nuance and realistic detail. With Marisa Berenson,
Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger.