Stanley Kubrick is arguably one of the best directors that America has seen in the last 100 years. His ability to take a story and tie in critical elements including dialogue, music, and use of the camera mark some of the best originality that I’ve ever seen in a director. I mean who would have thought to attach Beethoven’s 9th with a psychopathic killer’s violent tirade? Who would attach the song “Going to the Chapel” with a scene that takes place Vietnam? It’s this type of wackiness, yet “makes sense” kind of approach that separated him from the rest of the pack.
But perhaps some of the most memorable moments in Kubrick’s movies came also from the physical locations and facial expressions of some of the actors.
Here are some classic still shots from all nine Stanley Kubrick movies.
Unless you are a major movie buff (like the writers of this site) it’s hard to remember that Stanley Kubrick directed Kirk Douglas in Spartacus. Clearly a classic movie about Gladiators, but more about one man’s defiance of the Roman Empire. Oddly enough Kirk’s son Michael produced The Shining.
You may have seen the Lolita from modern day (1997) starring Jeremy Irons and Dominque Swain, which was great in its own right. However, Kubrick’s original in 1962 touched on some major subject material for something in the 60’s. It’s tough to forget the face of Sue Lyon as Lolita and the excellent acting of James Mason. Talk about your fetishes. What a great flick. Also, Peter Sellers as Quilty is incredible.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dr. Strangelove is in the argument as being one of the best films of all time as it should be. Yet again, Peter Sellers is doing his best as a funny US President on the brink of a nuclear war. One of Kubrick’s best.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
I love that 40 years after this movie was made, references to HAL are consistently taking place in television. The sinister computer was legendary and Kubrick’s portrayal of the world is so refreshing. Another thing that rules about this movie is that it is timeless. You can watch it 100 years from now and know it’s a classic.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
My little droogies. I’ll never forget how messed up I was after seeing this movie. But not in a bad way. First of all I totally didn’t realize that it took place in the future. Second, I’ve never seen a movie that matched classical music with “ultra violence.” There are endless shots from this movie that are so classic.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Hell Kubrick even got into the classical timepiece game. And with success.
The Shining (1980)
I feel like any comment I will say might ruin this. The pictures speak for themselves. And if you haven’t seen this movie, please for the love of God, do.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Many people say Platoon. And I agree, Platoon is one of the greatest depictions of Vietnam that cinema has ever seen. But let’s not discount Full Metal Jacket. Not only is it just an insane movie. I think it is extremely realistic.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Can I go to one of these parties?