Stanley Kubrick was a hermit, but it turned out he had a lot to share.
We often think of Stanley Kubrick as a man who was mysterious and a little awkward, but his family has come out and said it’s mainly because of the media portrayal of him. Kubrick enjoyed his privacy and wanted to protect his family. So he settled in a remote homestead and worked there in solitude.
But Kubrick spoke to friends and coworkers frequently and had them around the house.
In fact, there are a lot of things that I think we were wrong about Kubrick, who was just an artist trying to talk to us about ourselves. He was a fantasy that sought to challenge, entertain, and hypnotize viewers.
His last film Eyes wide closedallowed him uncharted territory. There is a 40-minute documentary that gives an insight into his life and the preparations for his final film.
Check out this behind-the-scenes documentary from Warner Home Video about Kubrick’s last film and his life.
Spend forty minutes on a document about Kubrick’s life
Kubrick spent time chasing after his passion and engaging with stories that piqued his interest. It sounds clichéd, but his career has been spent chasing the things he found interesting and then transcribing them for the audience. His worries and passions really made it onto the screen and enveloped us.
Sometimes it was science fiction or relationships or fatherhood or war – no matter what, he totally went for it. He spent his time thinking about plot points or sequences that he then pieced together into a narrative.
I loved seeing all the talking heads of the people Kubrick knew behind the scenes. His family loved him, his contemporaries were in awe of him. Even employees talk about his unique work styles here.
One of the subjects I loved to hear about was how he treated everyone equally, judging them on their thoughts rather than anything else. That seems strangely progressive.
What stands out most is how much he really cared about every aspect of a project. He wanted every detail to go its own way, and he was a perfectionist because it came from a sense of control and expression. These projects had to be most of his soul and vision that came on screen. He saw himself as a general leading an army, and that would lead to conflict and head bumping. It’s not the best way to go through life, but it was the best way to work through your art.
Even though these are sullen thoughts, people still say how much they respected him even if he fired them or lost his temper.
I loved hearing him push too AI to Spielberg because he thought he was the ideal director for it. But he did so without fanfare and secretly sent all of the storyboards and scripts to Spielberg. Kubrick found ways to work together behind the scenes. He is hot Eyes wide closed to produce while working AI because he really believed in Spielberg’s voice on the project.
There is a lot to learn from his passion and his craft. What were your favorite parts in this documentary?
Let me know in the comments.