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article imageReview: Stanley Kubrick — The Exhibition explores the creative vision Special

By Tim Sandle     Jun 5, 2019 in Entertainment
London - The Design Museum in London is hosting 'Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition', covering each one of the creative director's movies including such eclectic items as parts of erotic milk bar to materials designed to create a haunted hotel.
Stanley Kubrick was a U.S. film director, screenwriter, and producer. Kubrick is generally regarded as the most influential filmmaker in cinematic history. The Design Museum in London is hosting a career-spanning retrospective of the director's work.
On entering The Design Museum exhibition  there are giant video screens showing excerpt from Kubrick...
On entering The Design Museum exhibition, there are giant video screens showing excerpt from Kubrick's movies and a booming selection of audio tracks.
Running to mark the twentieth anniversary of Kubrick's death, the exhibition features original props, costumes, set models, posters, scripts, research materials, correspondence between Kubrick and his collaborators.
Storyboards  set designs  props and production documents will help visitors relive scenes from some ...
Storyboards, set designs, props and production documents will help visitors relive scenes from some of Kubrick's iconic movies.
A selection of movie posters for Kubrick s productions.
A selection of movie posters for Kubrick's productions.
Kubrick's movies expand a range of genres, from sci-fi to historical; from war to satire. His movies are regarded for their realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, strong attention to detail, and evocative use of music.
Such was Kubrick's attention to detail that gaps between his movies became increasingly long as he worked on every detail. The film-making process was similarly unhurried, with Kubrick often insisting on multiple takes with scenes filmed from different angles and perspectives.
One of Kubrick s may notebooks  outlining some of the detail that he was known for.
One of Kubrick's may notebooks, outlining some of the detail that he was known for.
One example of Kubrick's focus on detail relates to his final film Eyes Wide Shut. There's one scene where Tom Cruise's character enters a New York building apartment through a red doorway, accompanied by a hooker. The movie was actually shot in London, and to get the door just right Kubrick walked around London looking at several hundred doors until he found the one he liked and then had the door replicated at Pinewood studios. The red door appears in the final movie for less than five seconds.
Props from Eyes Wide Shut  the movie where Tom Cruise s character Bill embarks on harrowing  night-l...
Props from Eyes Wide Shut, the movie where Tom Cruise's character Bill embarks on harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery.
Kubrick, by all accounts, collected as many items as possible relating to his movies (those that were released and those which remained in the design concept stage). Kubrick rarely threw anything away, a habit that provides the exhibition with a rich array of items to display.
The exhibition includes several screens showing excerpt from Kubrick s movies  such as  Barry Lyndon...
The exhibition includes several screens showing excerpt from Kubrick's movies, such as 'Barry Lyndon' (1975).
Kubrick was a fastidious editor, and followed the dictum that the true movie making process, and ultimately whether a movie had worth, was made in the editing suite.
One of Stanley Kubrick s editing desks  recreated for the exhibition. Kubrick once said:  I love edi...
One of Stanley Kubrick's editing desks, recreated for the exhibition. Kubrick once said: "I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of film making. If I wanted to be frivolous, I might say that everything that precedes editing is merely a way of producing film to edit."
The show charts Kubrick’s story with a number of themed rooms, each based around a different one of his films. For example, clothes worn during his production of Spartacus (1960):
Clothes from Spartacus  featuring  Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier.
Clothes from Spartacus, featuring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier.
And from Full Metal Jacket (1987):
Helmets worn by actors playing soldiers in Full Metal Jacket  a movie about the Vietnam war.
Helmets worn by actors playing soldiers in Full Metal Jacket, a movie about the Vietnam war.
Among Kubrick's great movies is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. There are several large set pieces on display, including a futuristic Hilton hotel suite.
Set piece from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)  taken from the orbital space station where the Hilton h...
Set piece from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), taken from the orbital space station where the Hilton hotel lobby is found.
The exhibition includes  from the 2001 movie  a miniature mockup of the groundbreaking centrifuge se...
The exhibition includes, from the 2001 movie, a miniature mockup of the groundbreaking centrifuge set, a huge 12m-high hamster wheel that allowed scenes to be shot that appear to show the astronauts walking upside down.
Another well-renowned movie is The Shining, Kubrick's horror movie based on the Stephen King book. Included here is the typewriter that Jack Nicholson's character uses, ostensibly writing a book but in reality being driven mad by sinister presence.
 All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy   over and over again...
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", over and over again...
Some movies sparked controversy, such as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), for its anti-war message.
Model piece from  Dr. Strangelove   a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Col...
Model piece from 'Dr. Strangelove', a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States.
And A Clockwork Orange (1971), starring (Malcolm McDowell, and which employs disturbing, violent images in a dystopian near-future society. Kubrick withdrew the movie from release during his lifetime due to some apparent copycat acts of violence.
Full size set pieces from A Clockwork Orange. This is where the central characters become intoxicate...
Full size set pieces from A Clockwork Orange. This is where the central characters become intoxicated on drug-laden "milk-plus", and proceed to embark on a night of 'ultra-violence'.
There were sections devoted to films that Kubrick was working on but did not complete (most famously, A.I. Artifice Intelligence which was completed after Kubrick's death by Steven Spielberg), and those concepts that remained captured in his notebooks. The movie that Kubrick worked on for the most time was a biographic of Napoleon, which he worked on for over thirty years. Apparently Spielberg is to develop a television series based on Kubrick's notes, paying homage to Kubrick's style.
One of the film cameras used by Kubrick on several of his 1970s productions.
One of the film cameras used by Kubrick on several of his 1970s productions.
The exhibition is superb, and provides plenty for Kubrick admirers, those interested in design, or the art of film making - or those who are curious to know what all the fuss is about and why Kubrick is generally acknowledged as the most innovative movie director of all time. ‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ runs at The Design Museum, London until the end of September 2019.
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