Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stanley Kubrick's boxes

(BTW- go 39 minutes in to see behind-the-scenes footage of Stanley Kubrick on the set of Full Metal Jacket telling his recruits how many times to tug their crotch during the "This is my rifle..." scene.)

Stanley Kubrick's films were landmark events – majestic, memorable and richly researched. But, as the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less was seen of the director. What on earth was he doing?

Two years after Kubrick's death, Jon Ronson was invited to the director's estate to explore the hundreds of boxes the legendary film director had collected during his decades at Childwick Manor in Hertfordshire. He's been returning ever since, and the story of Kubrick and the archive, now housed at University of the Arts London, is revealed in this fascinating documentary.

Ronson asks: is it possible to get to understand such a man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the hundreds of boxes he left behind?

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