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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 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 groundbreaking was 2001: A Space Odyssey noted for being both one of the most scientifically realistic and visually innovative science-fiction films ever made while maintaining an enigmatic non-linear storyline. He voluntarily withdrew his film A Clockwork Orange from England, after it was accused of inspiring copycat crimes which in turn resulted in threats against Kubrick's family. His films were largely successful at the box-office, although Barry Lyndon performed poorly in the United States. Living authors Anthony Burgess and Stephen King were both unhappy with Kubrick's adaptations of their novels A Clockwork Orange and The Shining respectively, and both authors were engaged with subsequent adaptations. All of Kubrick's films from the mid-1950s to his death except for The Shining were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. 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.

Even though all of his films, apart from the first two, were adapted from novels or short stories, his works have been described by Jason Ankeny and others as "original and visionary". Although some critics, notably Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael, frequently disparaged Kubrick's work, Ankeny describes Kubrick as one of the most "universally acclaimed and influential directors of the postwar era" with a "standing unique among the filmmakers of his day."

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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 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 groundbreaking was 2001: A Space Odyssey noted for being both one of the most scientifically realistic and visually innovative science-fiction films ever made while maintaining an enigmatic non-linear storyline. He voluntarily withdrew his film A Clockwork Orange from England, after it was accused of inspiring copycat crimes which in turn resulted in threats against Kubrick's family. His films were largely successful at the box-office, although Barry Lyndon performed poorly in the United States. Living authors Anthony Burgess and Stephen King were both unhappy with Kubrick's adaptations of their novels A Clockwork Orange and The Shining respectively, and both authors were engaged with subsequent adaptations. All of Kubrick's films from the mid-1950s to his death except for The Shining were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. 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.

Even though all of his films, apart from the first two, were adapted from novels or short stories, his works have been described by Jason Ankeny and others as "original and visionary". Although some critics, notably Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael, frequently disparaged Kubrick's work, Ankeny describes Kubrick as one of the most "universally acclaimed and influential directors of the postwar era" with a "standing unique among the filmmakers of his day."

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1928-07-26

Day of Death 1999-03-07

Place of Birth Manhattan, New York, US

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Стэнли Кубрик
  • ستانلي كوبريك
  • 스탠리 큐브릭
  • スタンリー・キューブリック
  • สแตนลีย์ คูบริก
  • 斯坦利·库布里克

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1999 Eyes Wide ShutDirector
1987 Full Metal JacketDirector
1980 The ShiningDirector
1975 Barry LyndonDirector
1971 A Clockwork OrangeDirector
1968 2001: A Space OdysseyDirector
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombDirector
1962 LolitaDirector
1960 SpartacusDirector
1957 Paths of GloryDirector
1956 The KillingDirector
1955 Killer's KissDirector
1953 The SeafarersDirector
1953 Fear and DesireDirector
1951 Day of the FightDirector
1951 Flying PadreDirector

Writing

The DownslopeScreenplay
1999 Eyes Wide ShutScreenplay
1987 Full Metal JacketScreenplay
1980 The ShiningScreenplay
1975 Barry LyndonScreenplay
1971 A Clockwork OrangeScreenplay
1968 2001: A Space OdysseyScreenplay
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombScreenplay
1962 LolitaScreenplay
1957 Paths of GloryScreenplay
1956 The KillingScreenplay
1955 Killer's KissStory

Production

1999 Eyes Wide ShutProducer
1987 Full Metal JacketProducer
1980 The ShiningProducer
1975 Barry LyndonProducer
1971 A Clockwork OrangeProducer
1968 2001: A Space OdysseyProducer
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombProducer
1957 Paths of GloryProducer
1955 Killer's KissProducer
1953 Fear and DesireProducer
1951 Day of the FightProducer

Acting

2014 Kubrick Remembered
2002 Dark Side of the Moon as Stanley Kubrick (Archivmaterial)
2001 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures as Himself (archive footage)
1987 Full Metal Jacket as Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
1980 Making 'The Shining' as Himself
1951 Day of the Fight as Himself (man at ringside with camera) (uncredited)

Camera

1957 Paths of GloryAdditional Photography
1953 The SeafarersDirector of Photography
1953 Fear and DesireDirector of Photography
1951 Day of the FightDirector of Photography

Editing

1955 Killer's KissEditor
1953 The SeafarersEditor
1953 Fear and DesireEditor

Crew

1955 Killer's KissCinematography
1951 Flying PadreCinematography

Sound

1953 The SeafarersSound

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