Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001, USA) C-142m. *** D: Jan Harlan. Narrated by Tom Cruise. Featuring interviews with Woody Allen, Arthur C. Clarke, Shelley Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Modine, Jack Nicholson, Alan Parker, Sidney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Douglas Trumbull, Peter Ustinov, the Kubrick family. Meticulous documentary about the life and oeuvre of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most acclaimed, most maniacal, most ingenious film directors of the 20th century. His upbringing and education, his early jobs are revealed, his films are discussed and commented upon by collaborators and admirers. Highly interesting stuff, although sheer length numbs you a little. One would also have expected more information about the movies themselves. Still, no film buff should miss this. Some of the most interesting (and intelligent) commentary comes from Martin Scorsese and Jack Nicholson.


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