Stanley Kubrick

Andy Santana, Staff Writer

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Born to two Jewish immigrants, Stanley Kubrick took his first breath on July 26, 1928. He was

born and raised in Bronx, New York. His father and mother, Sadie Gertrude and Jacob Leonard

Kubrick, had their second child and Stanley got his first sibling, Barbra Kubrick. Stanley’s life

was mediocre, and so were his grades, but his passion for photographing and filmmaking could

not be overlooked. In 1941, Kubrick became an avid photographer for “Look” Magazine, up until

1951 when him and Alexander Singer made their first documentary, “Day of the Fight”. Kubrick

also released other short documentaries, “Flying Padre” (1951) “The Seafarers” (1953), and in

1953 he made “Fear and Desire” (in the midst of his first divorce to Toba Metz), which

showcased Kubrick’s filming prowess. After that, he had two other films that helped him enter

Hoodwood; “The Killer’s Kiss” (1955) and “The Killing” (1956), which were good in their own

respects and opened new doors for his career. Between 1957 and 1961, Kubrick produced 3 more

films, “Path of Glory”, “Spartacus” and “One-eyed Jacks”. In 1961, he quit Hollywood and

moved to The United Kingdom to get the creative freedom he didn’t have back in the states.

Once Kubrick went to England, he made 6 more films before his death in 1999, which included

some of the best horror and science fiction films in cinema history; “2001 Space Odyssey” and

“The Shining”.

Stanley Kubrick was a once in a lifetime visionary with limitless potential. He had so much pride

and conviction in his work that he would sometimes get scrutinized for the stressful working

condition he would put his actors in in order to get his desired results. Some examples are “Eyes Wide

Shut” and the critically acclaimed 1980 film “The Shining”. There are many questions and

ethical concerns about Kubrick’s filming techniques, but his talent as a director is something no one

can argue with. Stanley Kubrick’s life had much success as a director, being nominated for

numerous awards and winning an Oscar and Golden Globe for 2001 Space Odyssey and Full

Metal Jacket respectively. However, his personal life wasn’t as extravagant, as he had two failed

marriages until he married German actress Christiane Harlan, with whom remained his wife for 40

years. Kubrick was very focused on his work and didn’t travel or go on vacations often while

living in England. He really cherished his privacy and would often stay indoors to work on his

films. Regardless, Kubrick’s life and career changed the world and the film industry itself. He

didn’t just reached for the stars, he wanted to grab planets; that was just the type of man he was.

Kubrick was an artist trying to express himself. Film was his canvas and his mind was his

paintbrush. His films weren’t just regular movies, they were gateways to his mind. Stanley

Kubrick poured his heart, soul and deepest thought into all of his films, bringing abstract ideas

and concepts to life. which is what made both him and his movies so fascinating. Stanley never got to

finish his last movie ,“AI”, before his death in 1999, but he has managed to leave us with his

untouchable legacy. He may not be around anymore but his movies will live on forever. His

talents and mind will still capture and inspire people for many decades to come. Stanley Kubrick

is a modern legend and his influence on film will forever be imprinted on cinema.

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