7 Stanley Kubrick films that every movie fan should see
As one of the most recognized and influential directors of the post-war era all over the world, Stanley Kubrick enjoyed a reputation as an innovator and stood out among other filmmakers of his time. He worked outside Hollywood, in a wide range of styles and genres, always maintaining complete control over his paintings. He was famous for waywardness, perfectionism and tough creative whims: there are cases when he shot more than a hundred duplicates of one scene, shouted at actors and made films for as long as it was required, not limited to the time frame. See for yourself the uniqueness of the director yourself and do not take the time for the following Kubrick films - after all, they speak for themselves.
The Stanley Kubrick film is based on the book by the writer Howard Fast, which tells about a famous historical event - the ancient slave uprising, one of the leaders of which was Spartacus.Such films about gladiators should definitely list the list of the best films: this one in its time received as many as four Oscars. Filmed in peplum genre.
Spartacus is a slave in the house of Lentula Batiat, the owner of a gladiator school. For the sake of entertainment, the corrupt Roman senator Crassus Batiat makes his gladiators enter the arena and fight to the death, with the result that one of the slaves tries to rebel and dies. All the gladiators are amazed at this incident, especially Spartak dreaming of freedom. Unable to bear it any longer, he sets up a rebellion at school and seizes the house of Batiat, with the support of friends-gladiators. However, men understand that this rebellion is just a drop in the ocean, so Spartak is going to stage a mass slave uprising in the Roman Empire and gather an entire army.
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned Not to Worry and I Loved the Atomic Bomb (1964)
For its time, this satirical film by Stanley Kubrick has become truly iconic. The director took a picture of what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button and turned it all into a black comedy. It was shot based on the "Red alarm" by writer Peter George.
The American commander of the military base named Jack D. Ripper orders the start of a nuclear attack and sends a squadron armed with nuclear bombs to the territory of the Soviet Union. Only Ripper himself can withdraw the planes, which he does not intend to do - moreover, he locks himself in the office of himself and the captain of the British air force, who came to persuade Ripper to cancel the attack. The American president, Merkin Muffly, is trying to rectify the situation. He invites to the meeting top Pentagon advisers, including the chief strategic expert, Dr. Strangelove, a disabled scientist who once worked for the Third Reich.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The film is based on the story "Sentinel", and the script for it Stanley Kubrick developed together with the author himself - Arthur Clarke. Like many other Kubrick films, the picture has become a cult in its niche - sci-fi movies. The film amazes with its visual effects - you will also be surprised that such a film was shot as much in 1968.
In the story, even at the dawn of mankind, people found a strange alien artifact on Earth in the form of a black impenetrable parallelepiped, which taught ancient people how to use weapons and tools.He received the name "monolith". But this was not the last meeting of humanity with artifacts. Having found another monolith on the moon, people decide to send a team of artificial intelligence and two astronauts into space in search of the third monolith. What discoveries are waiting for them?
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
One of the most famous paintings, which can boast of the filmography of Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. At one time, this provocative film caused a huge stir and was misunderstood by many impressionable viewers as an ode to cruelty, not a satire on the political system and the imperfection of social institutions, which it is.
The action takes place in an alternative futuristic reality. Seventeen-year-old Alex, together with his friends, is engaged in robbery, robbery, violence, receiving pleasure from it and without a bit of remorse. Alex gets away with everything until his gang kills an old woman right in her house: the accomplices manage to escape, and the main character is in prison. In order to quickly leave her, he agrees to a medical experiment - the suppression of the desire for violence through the development of aversion to him.When therapy ends successfully, Alex is released, but the results of treatment and living conditions in the outside world are too contradictory.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Most Stanley Kubrick films are adaptations of literary works, like this three-hour historical film based on the novel “The Happiness of Barry Lyndon” by the English satirist William Thackeray, which was filmed for two years and earned four Oscar awards.
The plot of the film describes the life of an Irish man named Redmond Barry, who participates in a duel with an English officer and kills him. In order to escape prison, he sets off on a journey through his homeland, but soon, ironically, he has to join the ranks of the English army. From this moment begins a series of vicissitudes, through which the protagonist had to go.
The Shining (1980)
Almost the most famous film by Stanley Kubrick, based on the work of the same name by Stephen King - a recognized master of the horror genre in literature. And although the writer himself was very unhappy with the picture, because instead of the expected real film adaptation of his novel, only some adaptation came out, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining became a classic among horror films and contains many recognizable scenesto which many other directors and artists are still appealing.
Writer Jack Torrance with his wife and young son arrives at a hotel called "Overlook", where he received the post of caretaker. The hotel has an ominous reputation and is located in the mountains, so for six months it is covered with snow and almost cut off from civilization, but Jack sees this job as a good way to make money and finally find the time and privacy to write his book. However, the son of Jack, Danny, who has a "shine" - the ability to see the supernatural, understands that the hotel is teeming with ghosts and has a disastrous effect on the psyche of its inhabitants.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Only seven years after The Shining, Stanley Kubrick shot his penultimate film based on the novel “Dembel” written by Gustav Hasford. The film touches upon many delicate themes, such as war, racism, patriotism, and others.
Recruits arrive at the camp in South Carolina to join the US Marine Corps. Stiff drill and training should turn the most ordinary and unsuitable for the fights of young guys in these killers without morality and feelings.The film is divided into two parts: in the first we are shown grueling trainings and psychological pressure, which future fighters are subjected to, and in the second part the action is transferred to Vietnam, where the guys become participants in senseless and brutal war.
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