The Blue Danube - An der schönen bl评价人数不足Willi Boskovsky Wiener Staatsopernchor Wiener Philharmoniker Johann Strauss II / 1997
News just in, we've just heard that the film director Stanley Kubrick has died at the age of 70.
Kubrick, who was an American, began his career in Hollywood where he directed Spartacus but he decided to move to Britain where he directed Lolita, Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odysey and The Shining.
Stanley Kubrick was widely regarded as one of the greatest and most controversial masters of cinema. He just finished what was to be his last film, Eyes Wide Shut which took five years to make.
Stanley Kubrick has been called the Howard Hughes of cinema because he was such a recluse. I prefer to think of him as the Frank Sinatra of cinema because he always did everthing in his way. You can go back to any Kubrick film and feel rebirth.
This filmmakeer only directed 13 films in 40 years. But each of them has been an event. This filmmaker has made the best epic film, the best science fiction film, the best film about urban violence, the best horror film, the best film about the Vietnam war.
Kubrick is at the very least a genuine innovator who pushes out the boundaries of what is possible on film and there have never been too many of those about. He is also an elusive man who rarely permits himself to be observed at work.
He was not any of the things that the newspapers wrote about him. And he himself said, "It's very difficult. How do I defend myself?" Do I write an article, you know, 'Dear public, I'm charming'?"
That's more difficult than it sounds, actually. Cause, you know, he never does a television, or very rarely does any press interviews.
Kubrick评价人数不足Michel Ciment Martin Scorsese / 2003 / Faber & Faber
The masterstroke is a succession of interviews that Michel Ciment had with Stanley Kubrick over time, over 10 years. It is brought to us in this book. I guess it wasn't an easy task to be adopted by Kubrik and to get close to a giant lik Kubrick.
Kubrick doesn't adopt anybody. He tolerated me or temporarily accepted me just for an interview. One cannot become Kubrick's intimate friend.
Where does your passion for Kubrick come from?
How come you're one of the few journalists in the world who got in touch with him? How did you do it?
He read an article I wrote about his work in 1968. It was the first major study in France. And when A Clockwork Orange came out, he granted me an interview for Express magazine. So I met with him in London.
Does he review what you write about him? Do you send him a copy?
He doesn't review what I write about him, he only reviews what he told me.
Well, perhaps the first question would be about this problem of interview because it seems that more and more you feel reluctant to speak about your films?
Well, I've never found it meaningful or even possible to talk about film aesthetics in terms of my own films. I also don't particularly enjoy the interviews because one always feels under the obligation to say some witty, brilliant summary of the intentions of the films. And with Dr. Strangelove, you could talk about the problems of Nuclear War, 2001 you could talk about extraterrestrial intelligence, but I've never been able......
Clockwork Orange about violence.
Yes, or future, social structures. I mean, I don't know what led me to make any of the films, really, that I made. And I realised that my own thought processes are very hard to define, in terms of, you know, what story do you want to make into a film. In the end, you know, it does become this very indefinable thing like why do you find one particular girl attractive or why did you marry your wife.
Yes, and also, I suppose it is more difficult for you to analyse yourself because the material comes from somebody else. So, it's more difficult to see the personal reasons that were behind it since you didn't write it yourself. But obviously the choice of the subject is a very personal thing, because you can choose from thousands of books and you choose one. You become the author of the book in a way by choosing it.
Well, if somebody else has sritten the story, you have the one great first reading. You never again, once you read something for the first time, can ever have that experience, and the judgment of the narrative and the sense of excitement of what parts of the story reach you emotionally, is something wihch doesn't exist if you write a story.