|Kubrick’s films, most of which were adapted from literary sources, are characterized by technical brilliance, inventive, often economical storytelling, and timeless wit. Unmistakable style (steadicam, mannered acting, deliberate pacing). |
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Nightmare comedy (bases on the book Red Alert by Peter George); a deranged general obsessed with the corruption of his precious bodily fluids single handedly launches a nuclear Holocaust.
Dr. Strangelove is infused with the comic genius of Peter Sellers, here at the height of his powers. He plays three parts, the US President, an RAF officer and, of course, Dr. Strangelove.
Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove
I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration , Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids...
Base Commander Ripper
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The misadventures of a callous "social climber" (based on novel “The Luck of Barry Lyndon” by William Makepeace Thackeray): Rise and fall of an Irish adventurer within English society. Beautifull, cold, static and tragic 18th century painting come to life! The ritualization of behavior and the resulting loss of our humanity.
“For all of the pomp, the glamour, and the circus of distraction, our fates are tied to the soil, which will serve to erase the rigid lines we believe are so necessary to the human condition.”
Candlelit scenes were shot with a special Carl Zeiss 50mm f/0.7 lense /> (yes!: f0.7! built for NASA for their Apollo moon-landing program).
Paths of Glory (1957)
The court martial and execution of three French soldiers in WW1.
The most uncompromising anti-war film in the history of the cinema (based on Humphrey Cobb novel).
The suicidal attack on an impregnable fortress named ‘Ant Hill’ in the film (against an unseen German enemy) was inspired by and loosely based upon the six-month bloodbath in 1916 during the Battle of Verdun for Fort Douamont, a French stronghold eventually captured by the Germans. (The same battle was frequently referred to in Renoir’s The Grand Illusion (1937)).
Due to the film’s raw, critical assessment of hypocritical French military and bureaucratic authorities who callously condemn and sacrifice three randomly-chosen innocent men with execution (for cowardice) for their own fatal blunder, it was banned in France and Switzerland for almost twenty years (until the mid-1970s) following its release.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 satiric, futuristic novel of the same name.
The luridly-colorful set designs (by John Barry), costume design (by Milena Canonero), the synthesized electronic score (by Wendy Carlos) the colorful and innovative cinematography (by John Alcott), and the hybrid, jargonistic, pun-filled language of Burgess' novel (called Nadsat - an onomatopoetic, expressive combination of English, Russian, and slang), produce a striking, unforgettable film that is still disturbing nowadays.
Adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov book.
The Shining (1980)
Horror / Thriller; adaptation of Stephen King novel.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“Science fiction”, screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke.
I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that