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Kubrick

April-May 2019

A two-month exploration of the groundbreaking, boundary-pushing cinema of a directorial genius.

Introduction by season programmer Stuart Brown

Watch the Kubrick season trailer (Warning: contains some images of nudity and violence).

Extended run

Kubrick films

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    With an Oscar®-nominated screenplay by Nabokov himself, Kubrick filmed a tale that was once thought unadaptable.

  • Killer’s Kiss

    Killer’s Kiss

    Kubrick’s menacing second feature, plus a short documentary.

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    In this beautifully shot period drama, Kubrick charts a young man’s rise and fall in the 18th century.

  • Seniors’ Paid Matinee: Barry Lyndon + intro by actor Burt Caesar

    Seniors’ Paid Matinee: Barry Lyndon + intro by actor Burt Caesar

    In this beautifully shot period drama, Kubrick charts a young man’s rise and fall in the 18th century.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise play a socialite couple who indulge in dangerous fantasies.

  • The Shining (extended version)

    The Shining (extended version)

    Jack Nicholson’s most memorable role, as a writer on the edge of insanity, is a must-see on the big screen.

  • The Killing

    The Killing

    Kubrick’s compelling heist movie jumps between timelines and boasts fantastic performances.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    A French army officer (Kirk Douglas) defends three soldiers accused of cowardice during WWI.

  • Spartacus

    Spartacus

    Kubrick came late to this project, but definitely put his stamp on it.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Enjoy a mind-blowing experience on the big screen, on 70mm.

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    Recruits move from the brutal US Marine training bootcamp – into the nightmare of war.

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Introduction

Part 1 (April)

“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”
Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick occupies a rare position in the history of cinema, being arguably not just the greatest filmmaker but one of the greatest (and most enigmatic) artists of the 20th century in any medium. His films are brimming with images that are so intensely powerful and mysterious they have become iconic within our collective cultural consciousness. Kubrick’s ability to manoeuvre the machinery of Hollywood to enable a level of artistic control that had never been seen before allowed him to convey bold and complex ideas. This, coupled with his now infamously meticulous approach to the craft, produced an oeuvre that seems inexhaustibly rich in meaning and significance and unparalleled in terms of influence. His style, aesthetic and ambition is widely cited as an inspiration by many of our most prominent directors, whose films are ‘Kubrickian’ by design.

Stuart Brown

Part 2 (May)

“Observancy is a dying art”
Stanley Kubrick

What is it exactly about Kubrick’s films that sustains such unprecedented intellectual enquiry and continues to draw in new generations of audience? The answer could be that they’re like intellectual puzzles. Kubrick created a cinema that deftly balances potent sensorial experience with a deconstruction of established mechanics of storytelling, creating in his work a kind of absence or space that demands us, the audience, to participate and search for meaning. In doing so, he made work that stands up to multiple viewings. This is perhaps why he’s often considered the most influential of all great auteurs. This month, as we continue our exploration of his oeuvre, we also present films by some of today’s leading directors that possess some of the DNA of Kubrick’s cinema.

Stuart Brown

WANT MORE?

We are pleased to screen selected titles on 35mm.

From 26 April the Design Museum presents its version of the Deutsches Filmmuseum’s hugely successful Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which explores Kubrick’s life and work. Revisit the oeuvre of this visionary auteur and get under the skin of his fascinations and obsessions.
Book now for Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

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the Design Museum

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With thanks to Warner Bros and the Kubrick Estate

Film notes co-written by Justin Johnson


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