The Art of Stanley Kubrick: A Crash Course on the Filmmaker’s Early Years
Stanley Kubrick is one of the few filmmakers who had such a life, and produced such a powerful body of work that almost each week, relevant content is shared online, dissecting his work and life, through making-ofs of his films (Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey), or his own words (his letter to Ingmar Bergman or his advice on filmmaking).
The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Shortfilms to Strangelove is the perfect 13 min crash course to get acquainted with Kubrick’s early career, from the moment he dropped out of school to take pictures to his transitioning to filmmaking and his encounter with first partner and producer James B. Harris and how they went on shooting Kubrick’s following films, with its series of ups and downs, and their consequences.
The footage used to illustrate this short and sweet video are what make it particularly enjoyable watching: cutting between interviews with Kubrick’s past collaborators and friends, you can see extracts from trailers for his first films, and get a sense of how his work was sold to the audience and received by the critic, back when he was just an up and coming filmmaker.
The video is also a great way to understand how each project that came into Kubrick’s career were motivated by a series of factors that covered a wide range of reasons, from pure artistic interest to opportunity offered by a studio etc. It might seem obvious when on paper, but it is worth mentioning that a career is built with a succession of projects motivated by a wide range of reasons, and even Kubrick, whose resume might seem intimidating and flawless, followed this path.
Watch the full video below:[thanks to Sanchez del Campo]