January 17, 2002 |
Last Chance Movies "Grand Master: The Films of Stanley Kubrick"--The American Cinematheque's retrospective ends Saturday with the documentary "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" and the director's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut." The latter, completed just before his death and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a married couple who stumble onto the edge of a terrible moral abyss, is a strange, somber and troubling meditation on jealousy, obsession and (yes) sex and death.
October 28, 2012 |
The sleek logo for LACMA's “art+film” gala does a beautiful job of balancing “art” and “film,” giving each word equal space around the plus sign. The museum gala that took place Saturday night under that rubric was another story: The entertainment world easily outshone the art world, and the evening designed to celebrate artist Ed Ruscha alongside filmmaker Stanley Kubrick became mainly a Kubrick odyssey, to borrow the title of the screening series that accompanies LACMA's new Kubrick exhibition.
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July 4, 2001
A benefit screening of "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures," a documentary about the legendary film director, will be held Sunday in Ojai. The documentary was directed by Kubrick's brother-in-law, Jan Harlan. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Ojai Film Festival, whose annual event in November will feature Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" on opening night. Harlan will answer questions and discuss Kubrick's life after the 4:30 p.m. screening.
January 30, 1992 |
I can remember the ad campaign for "Lolita" clearly. It was 1962, I was 9, and the advertising suggestively screamed "How did they ever make a movie out of 'Lolita'?" Then there was Sue Lyon, the 14-year-old unknown chosen to play novelist Vladimir Nabokov's most famous erotic symbol. Her pretty adolescent features were the top of beauty to a kid just beginning to sense the links between aura and sex appeal.
May 21, 2013 |
The debut feature for writer-director Alice Winocour, “Augustine” features a bracing and powerful performance by the young performer known as Soko. Now playing in Los Angeles, the film is set in 19th century France, its story based on the ethically and emotionally complicated relationship that develops between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (played by Vincent Lindon) and the young woman (Soko) prone to fits of what was then called “hysteria” who would become his star patient. The scenes of Augustine having fits -- which were created in part by having Soko yanked about by unseen ropes and cables and in part by her yoga-induced flexibility -- are disconcerting to watch.
November 22, 2013 |
On Nov. 21, 1963, film critics were planning to catch a special preview of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove " the next day. But when the news came from Dallas on Nov. 22, those plans changed. "NEVER HELD ... THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SHOT," one guest scribbled on an invitation that resurfaced Friday on Reddit and other social media (see below), with many identifying the handwriting as Kubrick's own. Though it's difficult to confirm the source of the writing, city guide TimeOut London reported on a Kubrick exhibition that included an invitation card with the same text written on it in the director's handwriting.
April 12, 1987 |
Warner Bros. does pretty well in the picture business--and now finds itself also selling armaments. That is, the London office is selling 60 M-16 guns, 50 M-14 guns, two M-60 machine guns; 40 AK-47s and "a lot of extraneous war supplies" (like flak jackets and hand grenades). It's all leftover from Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam War production of "Full Metal Jacket," due this summer.
December 18, 2005 |
----- Full Metal Jacket Diary Matthew Modine Rugged Land: 300 pp., $29.95 ----- The Stanley Kubrick Archives Edited by Alison Castle Taschen: 544 pp., $200 ----- Stanley Kubrick Drama & Shadows Photographs 1945-1950 Rainer Crone Phaidon: 256 pp. $69.95 WHEN a friend heard that Matthew Modine had been cast in the lead of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," he presented the actor with an old Rolleiflex camera.
September 12, 1996 |
When director Stanley Kubrick and novelist Vladimir Nabokov brought Nabokov's controversial novel "Lolita" to the screen in 1962, they cast 15-year-old newcomer Sue Lyon in the title role without specifying her age, which in the book was only 12. Most critics said that Lyon looked closer to 17, thus undercutting seriously the impact of the exquisite torture Nabokvov's middle-aged Humbert Humbert endured in his fixation on what the novelist described famously as a "nymphet."