Stanley Kubrick or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick is a legendary film director and producer who was born in 1928 and died in 1999. His films are known for being extremely detail oriented, unusual, and often controversial. Kubrick was born in Manhattan and was interested in photography while attending high school. In 1946, he began taking photographs for Look magazine, where he met a good deal of famous celebrities and well-known authors, artists, and performers. In 1951, he quit his magazine job and decided to make his first film which was entitled Day of the Fight. It made a profit of $100.

Soon, Stanley Kubrick began making full-length films and worked on some television programs as a director. In 1953, he made Fear and Desire with his first wife. The film did not do well, but it did help to launch him into the spotlight. The 1960s was a decade when Kubrick’s films really began to take shape and he became a national figure. 2001, Dr. Strangelove, and Lolita were all released within this decade. Each of these movies had a large influence on fellow filmmakers and lovers of cinema all over the world. Lolita was a very controversial film that touched on the subject of a young girl having an affair with her stepfather. 2001 was considered a visual masterpiece, although some claimed it was too contrived and slow in plot. Others felt it was Kubrick’s most important film.

In the 1970s, Kubrick released A Clockwork Orange, a strange film about violence and humanity. The film became a cult classic and is still a popular movie today. There was, and still is, a great deal of controversy surrounding the film, mostly because of its violent and disturbing content. Still, fans of the film say it is another of his greatest works. In 1980, The Shining starring Jack Nicholson was released, and has become another cult horror favorite. Full Metal Jacket, a film based on a book about the Vietnam War, starred Vincent D’Onofrio, Matthew Modine, and Adam Baldwin. Eyes Wide Shut was Kubrick’s last film to be released. The movie was another controversial one that starred the then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Kubrick died four days after the film was released.

  • Biography/Timeline – A biography in timeline format about Kubrick’s life and career.
  • Full Biography – This biography examines his early life and his entire film career.
  • Complete Filmography – The entire filmography of all of Kubrick’s works.
  • A Multimedia Guide – Links and information about Stanley Kubrick and his films.
  • Interview – From 1966-interview with Stanley Kubrick.
  • Stanley Kubrick, at a Distance – This is a 1987 interview with the director, from the Washington Post.
  • A Look Back – Article about Kubrick and his films.
  • The Kubrick Site – This website features resources, film links, script information, interviews, and much more.
  • Kubrick 2001 – Site dedicated to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • The Shining – An analysis of the classic horror film including synopsis, hidden meanings, and more.
  • Kubrick.com – Website dedicated to all things Kubrick.