Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stanley Kubrick Interview Part 1

Ten years ago today one of the greatest movie directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick, passed away at the age of 70.

He only made a handful of movies in an almost 50 year career but they were almost all classics: The Killing, Killer's Kiss, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut. Any of those movies I could watch over and over again.

Kubrick was a native of the Bronx and, in this interview from 1966, you can hear his distinctive New York accent. This is the first part of an hour and ten minute interview that is posted in nine parts on YouTube.

In this part of the interview, Kubrick talks about his early life in New York and the influences that shaped his career. You might not know that he started his career as a photographer for Look magazine. He's the one who took this picture that I posted in a December blog post: a picture from 1945 the day FDR died. Kubrick took it as a teenager and the rest was movie history.

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