Here’s a good bit of trivia appropriate for Halloween: as some people may know, Stanley Kubrick did not create the photo seen at the very end of The Shining. Given the general attention to detail lavished by the director upon his projects, one would assume that the photo was crafted expressly for the film. But the photo was, for the most part, actually a picture from 1923, with Jack Nicholson‘s head added.
A page of a photo retouching book published in 1985 now reveals the original image, before Nicholson was comped in, and on the left side of the image above you can see the original, unknown man who became the stand-in for Nicholson’s afterlife image. Read More »
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“Phenomenal…An Absolute Must-See.” That’s a quote taken from my review of the amazing documentary Room 237 and used in its first trailer. Truer words can’t be spoken. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the film dissects Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece The Shining to its core, featuring several insane – and not so insane – readings of the 1980 horror film starring Jack Nicholson. Whether or not you agree with these people or not, you’ll never watch The Shining the same away again.
Room 237 premiered at Sundance and has since been playing on the festival circuit leading up to an IFC release next year. Check out its first minimalist, trailer below. Read More »
Back in the dark days of 2010, a company called Philco Films announced that it had picked up the rights to three unfilmed scripts by the late Stanley Kubrick. The company, founded by Kubick’s son in law Philip Hobbs, and Steve Lanning, had big plans for some of the material, with hopes for a $100m feature based on Downslope, a massive Civil War drama.
Looks like that feature won’t quite happen, but Philco has now partnered with eOne to make a TV film based on Downslope, and a mini-series based on another Kubrick script called God Fearing Man. Read More »
Big movies, literal ones, are coming to Los Angeles. From September 28th to October 4th, the Cinearama Dome at Arclight Hollywood is planning on playing a slew of the original films that played the Dome in 1963, in massive three strip Cinerama projection. Among the titles are How The West Was Won, This Is Cinerama and The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm. There wil also be 70mm or 2K projection of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey among others.
Speaking of that sci-fi classic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is co-hosting what organizers call the first ever American retrospective of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from November 2012 through June 2013. The event will include an ongoing exhibit of “ archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials, and props.” Then, of course, there will be screenings and events that take place too.
After the jump, find links to more information including schedules and tickets. Read More »
Stanley Kubrick never wanted you to see Fear and Desire. The 1953 film was his feature debut, but the director took prints out of circulation and fought a constant battle against it screening in any form for decades afterward. This self-censorship by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time gave the film an underground cult status, making it a must-see for film fans lucky enough to get their hands on a bootleg version. When Kubrick passed away in 1999, however, the film began popping up more often. Now, after over half a century out of the mainstream, Fear and Desire is coming to Blu-ray on October 23. Read the press release after the jump. Read More »
Throughout his career, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick kept a list of potential movie titles that they called “Titles in search of a script.” Kubrick’s personal assistant Tony Frewin revealed the fun list, along with commentary explaining where the titles came from, in the comprehensive book The Stanley Kubrick Archives:
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For film fans, one of the most enticing films coming out of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival was Room 237, an experimental documentary directed by Rodney Ascher which explores wild theories buried deep in Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece The Shining. It made my best of the fest but there were doubts fans would ever get to see it because of all the licensed footage in the film.
Apparently, that’s not an issue as IFC Films has acquired the awesome film and will release it theatrically and on VOD later this year. Read more after the jump. Read More »
If Stanley Kubrick were still alive, Room 237 would make him extremely happy. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the experimental documentary gives the legendary filmmaker a ton of credit, maybe too much at times, as it explores several wild, and not so wild, theories about his 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining.
Some theories, such as the suggestion that the film is a metaphor for the murder of Native Americans, are almost plausible. Others, like that insinuation that Kubrick made the film to clue everyone in that he faked the footage of the Moon landing, are much less believable. But no matter the case, Ascher’s film is a fascinating, funny and incredibly well made ode to a film that’s obviously way more dense than most of us give it credit for. The documentary is an absolute must-see.
Room 237 played as part of the New Frontier category of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and, after the jump, you can check on the poster and read more about it. Read More »
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