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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (DVD)

Tom Cruise narrates this penetrating documentary, which explores the many and varied aspects of Stanley Kubrick: film director, producer, writer, photographer, husband and father.

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Arthur C. Clarke, Tom Cruise, Kier Dullea, Shelley Duvall
  • Directors: Jan Harlan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJCAKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" on IMDb

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STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES is as good a documentary as one can make, especially about a master film director like Kubrick. Dealing with his life from growing up in the Bronx to his last days making and refining EYES WIDE SHUT, LIFE IN PICTURES has interviews with cast members, production crew, writers, composers, etc. Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Shelley Duvall, Tom Cruise among others are the actors interviewed. Wendy Carlos, musician who orchestrated the classical music in CLOCKWORK ORANGE, is also interviewed, as is Jan Harlan (producer and brother-in-law), Christina Kubrick (Kubrick's wife and a painter), Gyorgy Ligeti (composer's music used in many Kubrick films), and many more invaluable interviews.
There are also clips from every single Kubrick production, comments and revelations (particularly about CLOCKWORK's controversy in Great Britain), reaction from critics like Richard Schickel and other film directors such as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, and so much more. Anyone who is a Kubrick fan cannot be without this 21/2 hour documentary...invaluable only skims the surface, it is essential.
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A Life in Pictures is a superb and much needed documentary of the legendary filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick. The film follows the traditional format for biographical documentaries and starts with Kubrick's youth and his early influences. It progresses steadily through all of his films and finally to his death. The thing about this documentary, about one of the worlds most reclusive and misunderstood filmmakers, that makes it so good is the insight into his personal life, provided by his wife, Christiana Kubrick. I think that she understood some of the things that the fans would really be looking for in this film, and that is to say the glimpsing into the kind of man that Kubrick really was, behind the camera or at home. There are lots of great interviews and the film is very tasteful and respectfully done. This is definately one for the fans, but those who are just curious will also enjoy it. Thank you Christiana Kubrick for sharing this DVD with the fans.
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Stanley Kubrick is one of those film directors around whom speculation has always swirled. He was never comfortable in the Hollywood system; he chose, from 1960 until his death in 1999, to live and work in England; he rarely gave interviews; and in comparison to many other filmmakers, including those that admired him, he made relatively few movies. And yet, it is all those very things that made him a legend in his line of work. All of that, plus his close-knit family life, are explored in great detail in STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES.

In this lengthy but fascinating documentary made by Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, we get to see how Kubrick grew from a budding Bronx-born photographer at Look magazine into his early efforts at filmmaking; his relationship with producer James B. Harris that produced three stunning films (THE KILLING; PATHS OF GLORY; LOLITA); the frustrations of working on SPARTACUS, the only film of his that wasn't firmly under his hand; and the often difficult subject matter he chose to make films about. Fellow directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Alex Cox, and Woody Allen share their thoughts on Kubrick's iconoclastic brand of filmmaking, while collaborators like Michael Herr and Arthur C. Clarke share their experiences on working with him. And so many others here give us a glimpse into what made Kubrick tick, including his wife Christiane.

This documentary is about as thorough a portrait of a filmmaker as there has ever been, and that's no small feat given how enigmatic Kubrick often seemed to be. His view of humanity may not have been particularly ideal as he depicted it in his films, but that's because the reality of humanity is itself often not ideal.
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This is one of the greatest pieces of work I have seen to date on a the life of a true artist. It is indepth, full, and simply amazing. Although I felt they could have added a bit more information, at 2 1/2 + hours they accomplished a grand feat. It is Kubrik, the one known and unknown to the public, The Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend this to any one interested in filmmaking and everyone else who is interested but dare not proceed (ie. film 'critics' - those people who think they know art or what's it all about) showing how wrenching, triumphant and all above, it can be. This a truly a piece of a mad genius at work on the set and in the solace of his mind. Great!
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"Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures" was apparently produced as a bonus disc in Warner Home Video's Stanley Kubrick Collection from a few years back, but it's no cheap giveaway. Produced and directed by Jan Harlen, great care was taken to present an overview of the revered auteur's career. With a running time of 142 minutes, it has time for clips from all of Kubrick's films going back to his short, "The Day of the Fight" and first feature, "Fear and Desire," to 1999's "Eyes Wide Shut" which was released posthumously. There are interviews with assorted Kubrick admirers and cast members, including Marie Windsor of 1956's "The Killing," and Jack Nicholson from "The Shining." It provides food for thought, and may even raise some questions for inquisitive viewers.

Nicholson says he had a good time working with Kubrick in "The Shining," but notes he was a completely different director with co-star Shelley Duvall. We then see some intriguing behind-the-scenes footage (from a making-of documentary by Kubrick's daughter included as a bonus on "The Shining" DVD) of Kubrick berating Duvall for her performance. "Do you want mood music?" he barks. Duvall claims she wouldn't trade the experience for anything, but notes Kubrick's "cruel" treatment of her. Was this a form of Method directing? In the film, Duvall is mistreated by her husband throughout, and eventually terrorized and almost murdered by him. Was Kubrick playing her quarrelsome spouse to create the atmosphere of disrespect he thought Duvall needed to convey the proper feeling of terror?

Kubrick worked slowly, spending more than a year filming "Eyes Wide Shut," a rather modest, small-scale drama, and his widow said he wished he had made more films. Martin Scorsese, however, says the 13 feature films Kubrick directed were "enough.
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