The art of storytelling has evolved since the dawn of man. It has been mastered by many and taken in all sorts of directions. Stanley Kubrick uses film to tell his stories, and he is arguably one of the best in his field. Kubrick was born in 1928 in New York, but he soon moved to England where he began making films. The process he took to make these three films: The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange will be examined.
Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey on April 6, 1968 (Hamilton 161). When Kubrick took the project he was quoted as saying, " 'This film is an awakening, this is our future' ” (Lloyd 17).
Stanley Kubrick released A Clockwork Orange on December 20, 1971 to mixed public emotions (Hamilton 141). When Kubrick was asked about the violence in the film, he said, " 'I am just reflecting what is in society today' ” (Lloyd 18).
Stanley Kubrick released The Shining in May of 1988 (Hamilton 101). Originally written by Stephen King, it was adapted to screenplay by Kubrick, as well as produced and directed. Kubrick believed in having complete control over his films. Kubrick also pulled the film from theatres just days after it was released to the public. He made changes, then put it out again (Sheperd 107). The Shining was shot at a hotel in Oregon for exterior shots, then Kubrick had the crew move to England where they spent almost a
year filming the interior shots at Elsetree Studios (Kardish 96). The film is now looked upon as one of the best horror movies made, but if you were to ask Stephen King, he would tell you different. King was asked by Kubrick to help write the screenplay but was soon fired. Kubrick reported that " 'he just wasn't up for the job' ” (Larkin n.p.). King now says it is the worst adaptation to film of any of his books (Sheperd 112). Nevertheless, the film went down in history, not only for the final concept but also for the
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