Stanley Kubrick Arrives at LACMA
BY: KARINA CORTEZ AND SARAH WHITEFORD
Stanley Kubrick is one of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors. Known for his incredible eye for detail and self-made filming techniques,Kubrick amazes moviegoers with his enticing and distinctive films. In a great attempt to combine the intricacies of art with film, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has opened an exhibition dedicated to the iconic filmmaker’s life and career. Kubrick’s highly acclaimed film career is thoroughly represented in the LACMA’s exhibition that began on November 1, 2012. The exhibit is more than enough to please any cinephile orKubrick enthusiast, as well as fans of the director’s notable films. Attendees can delve into the skill and complexity that Kubrick’s productions are consistently praised for; with many of the screenplays showcased, along with his notes and revisions. The exhibit is sectioned off into several rooms dedicated to each of his films.
The exhibition acts as a timeline, taking guests through different periods in Kubrick’s illustrious career. As a director, Kubrick was extremely versatile, with none of his films being like the other. Every room is a new setting, taking guests through a different story, and giving them the chance to appreciate the stages that went into creating several outstanding films.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Kubrick took a liking to photography at a young age. This, along with his natural love for cinema, influenced his decision to begin a career in filmmaking. Photos from his early years are included in the exhibit, giving guests a look back to Kubrick’s beginnings. To earn money to support his films during hi early years as a filmmaker, Kubrick would participate in chess competitions in Greenwich Village, New York. His personal chess set has its own spotlight in the exhibition as well.
In 1965, Kubrick began working on what is considered his crowning achievement. The film titled “2001: A Space Odyssey” which is loosely based on the influence of alien intelligence upon the evolution of man. At the New York opening of the film, Kubrick described how before the making of “2001,” he became very intrigued by the notion that the universe is full of intelligent civilizations. In 1980, Kubrick worked on the classic horror, “The Shining.” The film is one of Kubrick’s most widely recognized, especially with Jack Nicholson’s chilling, iconic line “Here’s Johnny!” Both renowned films are heavily present in the exhibit.
Among the memorabilia showcased, a few items would definitely stand out to fans of the classic horror. Dresses belonging to the Grady sisters are displayed in perfect condition, along with an enlarged portrait of them on a wall next to two axes, towering over guests.
Cal State Long Beach art major Mike Lewis visited the Kubrick exhibit recently.
“Kubrick’s daughter shot a little documentary of the filming of “The Shining,” and while I was watching it I couldn’t help but be astounded that they were actually living in that hotel while filming. “ Lewis said. “I think that kind of elevates him in my mind to the level of an artist.”
Wardrobe from Kubrick’s 1975 period drama “Barry Lyndon” is also presented, giving guests a look back to Ireland circa 1750. Kubrick’scontroversial 1962 film “Lolita,” is showcased with photo stills and the letters of opposition from religious groups at the time of production.
Photography major Kate Homer visited the exhibit and said “I thought it was amazing because it showed a lot of conceptual parts of the different films he directed, sketches from [“A.I. Artificial Intelligence”,] the production stills from “Lolita,” parts of costuming from “Barry Lyndon,” and the cameras and lenses he actually shot with!”
To accompany the exhibit, LACMA has created a free app for iPhone and iPad users. The app features photos from each of the films, interviews with fellow directors Chris Nolan and David Slade, who discuss Kubrick’s filmmaking career. Audio from interviews with Kubrick is also included, in addition to a timeline detailing the director’s life and legacy. The exhibition can be visited now until June 30, 2013.