Stanley Kubrick’s auteurism and attention to detail are legendary. A voracious absorber and synthesiser of all forms of information, Kubrick involved himself in all aspects of his films, from initial research through to publicity.
A distinctive feature of Kubrick’s unique visual style is the development of filmic spaces that are imaginative and often fantastic, yet also absorbing and ‘believable’ in their completeness of vision. To achieve this effect on screen, a high level of detail was required during pre-production and production stages: not just in regards to the physical sets and models, but also lighting, editing, and other framing and emphatic devices. The ways in which the actors and the camera inhabited the sets created psychological spaces overlaying these physical environments.
Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives explores pivotal spaces from three of the director’s films: the Discovery One spaceship from 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968; The Overlook Hotel from The Shining, 1980; and Hué City from Full Metal Jacket, 1987. Through original documents and photographs on loan from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London (UAL), the exhibition provides a glimpse of the extensive research, innovative techniques and meticulous designs that Kubrick used to make these spaces come alive on screen and seize the imaginations of generations of viewers.
The exhibition marks the publication of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives by Black Dog Publishing, a collection of essays by scholars working closely with archival resources to gain new insights into Kubrick’s 50 years of filmmaking.
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