The profound influence on the art of cinema and filmmaking by the legendary auteur director and writer Stanley Kubrick cannot be denied — and any of those who dare challenge this assertion need only take a step into his world, now on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) through the end of June, 2013.
What started as a retrospective exhibit in November 2012 has turned into a repeated destination for many of his fans and fellow filmmakers. The initial rush to see the confluence of posters, films, cameras and creative development materials never really ceased after the doors were opened before the holidays of 2012. A steady stream of patrons turn out, all scheduled in from time-purchased tickets.
The beautifully crafted exhibits chronicle Kubrick’s trajectory as a young struggling photographer who hit his stride as an apprentice with Look Magazine, parlayed his love of image-making by serving as a cinematographer and editor for a newsreel film company and eventually created a carefully crafted collection of indelible motion pictures, including Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. His oeuvre points to a man obsessed with getting it not only right, but making it perfect. He became notorious for his multiple ‘takes’ of scenes and building layers upon layers of dimension into his storytelling through his thoughtful directing techniques.
At the Stanley Kubrick LACMA exhibit, museum-goers will witness his creative process, exposed in the form of personal notes, missives between himself and moguls and movie stars, models and set miniatures he used to study camera position and movement, working scripts, research journals and a plethora of unique lenses. Kubrick knew his cameras inside and out, but his selection of lenses to capture the essence of a scene is what separated him from the studio filmmakers in Hollywood. If Kubrick took on a project, it was destined to be a piece of art. Indeed, most of his films are studied, scrutinized, idolized and worshipped, from fans of cinema to his colleagues in the industry. That this exhibit is itself in a museum of art speaks volumes to the man’s creative genius and vision. Indeed, Kubrick also owes an allegiance to artists, who influenced his visual style: from the paintings of Gainsborough emulated in Barry Lyndon to the striking homage to photographer Diane Arbus’ Untitled Twins who bear a striking resemblance to the Grady girls in The Shining.
The exhibition is organized by Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick and The Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London, with the support of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Sony-Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc., Universal Studios Inc., and SK Film Archives LLC. General admission is $20, by timed reservation online at lacma.org. LACMA membership entitles members to free entry, but timed ticketing is required for all entrants. LACMA is open Monday through Sunday and is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
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