Sunday, January 29, 2006
Inside The Mind Of A Visionary Filmmaker
I had an enjoyable time attending Stanley Kubrick's exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Federation Square on Saturday. This exhibition really gave me a great overview inside this great filmmaker's mind and heart.
According to the record, Kubrick had made thirteen feature films, including :
Eyes Wide Shut - 1999
Full Metal Jacket -1987
The Shining - 1980
Barry Lyndon -1975
A Clockwork Orange -1971
2001: A Space Odyssey -1968
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb - 1964
Paths Of Glory -1957
The Killing -1956
Killer's Kiss -1955
Fear And Desire -1953
The amazing thing is that these films have covered an extremely diverse genres, ranging from science fiction to war films to historical drama to satire, from thriller and horror to epic, from scathing social critique to psychosexual drama. Although I haven't seen any of his films, from just looking at the hundreds of Stanley Kubrick's archives, props, costumes , models, and short previews of some of the most famous films in the gallery, I am really fascinated by his creativity, insights and ideas of this great filmmaker (although I can tell that some of the contents of his films are highly controversial).
Martin Scorsese wrote, "Stanley Kubrick expanded our idea of what is possible in movies. And I believe that in so doing, he actually expanded our consciousness of ourselves - the cruetlties of which we are capable, the longing we feel for something unnameable, the forces that compel us to move in strange, troubling directions." And just for these reasons, I am planning to watch his movies and gain insights and expansion of my mind, and in so doing prayerfully, get to know more about humanity as well as things beyond.
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