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Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)

June 26, 2009

I’ve always been a great admirer of the films of Stanley Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick

I missed out on Fear and Desire (1953) and Killer’s Kiss (1955), but from 1956 onwards, I’ve seen everything he ever made. I’ve watched and enjoyed:

The Killing (1956)


Paths of Glory (1957)


Spartacus (1960)


Lolita (1962)


Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


A Clockwork Orange (1971)


Barry Lyndon (1975)


The Shining (1980)


Full Metal Jacket (1987)


Apart from Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which is a disaster and a mess, the rest of Kubrick’s films are classics.

Paths of Glory is a great anti-war film starring Kirk Douglas. Here’s the trailer:

Spartacus is also a great anti-war film starring Kirk Douglas, but set in a different time and place to its predecessor. Here’s the trailer:

Lolita had the League of Decency hound Kubrick out of the US. Here’s the trailer:

Dr Strangelove is a great anti-war film starring Peter Sellers. Here’s the trailer:

2001: A Space Odyssey is an LSD inspired space trip. Here’s the trailer:

A Clockwork Orange is a black comedy/serious study of a juvenile delinquent. Here’s the trailer:

Barry Lyndon is a beautifully-filmed version of Thackeray’s novel. Here’s the trailer:

The Shining has entered film folklore – so no need for me to comment. Here’s the trailer:

Full Metal Jacket is a great anti-war film starring Matthew Modine. Here’s the trailer:

The attention to detail is fantastic, the cinematography is nearly perfect, certain scenes are classic film moments; moments that define what film is – and what it can do.

Try watching any or all of the nine Stanley Kubrick films listed above. You won’t regret it.

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