Stanely Kubrick’s auterism and fastidious attention to detail are legendary. A voracious absorber and synthesizer of information, Kubrick maintained a high degree of control by involving himself in all aspects of his films, from initial research through to publicity.
A distinctive feature of Kubrick’s unique visual style was the development of filmic spaces that are imaginative and often fantastic, yet also absorbing and conceivable in their completeness of vision. To achieve this effect onscreen, a rigorous level of detail was required in pre-production and throughout the filming process; not just in regards to the physical sets and models, but also lighting, editing, and other framing and emphatic devices.
Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives explores pivitol spaces from three of the directors films: the discovery spaceship from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Overlook Hotel from The Shining and Hue City from Full Metal Jacket – the famous recreation of a war-torn Vietnamese city in a central London location. Through original documents and photographs on loan from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of Arts London, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the extensive research, innovative techniques and meticulous designs Kubrick used to seize the imaginations of audiences for generations.
The exhibition marks the publication of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives by Black Dog Publishing. Releasing in September, the anthology comprises a collection of essays by scholars working closely with the Stanley Kubrick Archive to gain new insights into Kubrick’s 50 years of filmmaking.
Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives runs until 27 September at Work Gallery.
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1. Courtesy of Stanley Kubrick Film Archive LCC and University of the Arts London.