P.S. – All of Stanley Kubrick‘s movies are outstanding ! This is just a list of 10 movies which i liked the most!
Stanley Kubrick was not just a film-maker, he was an auteur in true sense. A well-known photographer from New York, his love for films took him in the path of film direction and there was no looking back. According to me, Kubrick was definitely the initiator of a neo-noir wave because of the success he garnered, both critical and commercial.
Stanley Kubrick made only 13 full-feature films in a career spanning more than 40 years, but all of his movies were known for the visual panache and the use of music, besides the outstanding story-telling. I enlist 10 of my favourite movies directed by the maverick directed, ranked in ascending order.
11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Stanley Kubrick’s last full-length feature was an erotic thriller which was embroiled into controversy due to the strong sexual content. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the movie is set in and around New York City,and follows the sexual adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society. The movie was well received by the critics and was amongst the top-10 list of the year in many critics’ list.
10. The Killing (1956)
One of the earliest films of Kubrick’s career, the noir thriller tells the story of Johnny, who after getting out of prison,masterminds a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog. The heist was brilliantly executed in the film and special mention of the cast which was stellar. A thriller worth the time.
9. Spartacus (1960)
Simple and more bubble-gum by Kubrick’s standards, Spartacus was one of the biggest mony-spinners of its era. Starring the then hrat-throb Kirk Douglas in the title role, the movie received generally mixed reviews at that time but received 4 Academy Awards including Best Cinematography. Definite watch for all the epic-drama lovers.
8. Lolita (1962)
The black-comedy was an adaptation of the controversial book with the same name. The movie chronicles a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. Stanley Kubrick had to tone down the sensual content of the film due to the censorship restrictions which left him disapponted. Lolita was still a well made drama which was well received and earned a big profit on its meagre budget.
7. Paths Of Glory (1957)
A part of many “Best War Films” list, Paths Of Glory is set during World War I and stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicidal attack. Dax attempts to defend them against a charge of cowardice in a court-martial. Highly acclaimed and a daring take on war, the film was panned by many with many calling it anti-army.
6. Barry Lyndon (1975)
The period drama tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband’s aristocratic position in 18th-century England. The brilliant production design and cinematography catapults it to high levels as a visual stunner with a great take on human psyche.
5. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The best war based movie by Stanley Kubrick imo, Full Metal Jacket is told from the POV of a pragmatic U.S. Marine who observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. Comic in its brutality, the movie perfectly shows the many faces of war, from the POV of a soldier.
4. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Strangelove is an exceptionally superb comedy — and a wildly funny one. This is his first truly commanding work, with masterfully-pitched tone, an impeccable eye for detail, and and a satirical spirit that is every bit as trenchant now as it was fifty years ago. There’s no single moment in comedy that sums up the totally blinkered insanity of politics like the delivery of “Gentlemen you can’t fight in here, this is the war room!” Brilliant act by Peter Sellers takes this movie on another level all together!
3. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s horrifying adaptation of Stephen King’s novel left cinemagoers shocked and stunned! Kubrick’s formidable technique creates a mood of unease from the off, from the twisted production design to the extra eerinessproduced by pioneering use of the then-novel Steadicam – to the relentless assault of freakish, inexplicable images: blood-filled lifts; cadaverous hotel guests; those creepy twins. A supremely successful horror film, topped by the stunning act by a certain Jack Nicholson whose madness leaves you horrified!
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Kubrick’s sensational and controversial adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel is a stunning visual achievement. Bizarre, outrageous and explicit to the hilt, this movie will stay with you for a lifetime! The ultraviolence remains disturbing throughout with its themes still pertinent. Malcolm McDowell is a pioneer of punk in attitude and fashion. Its gross depiction of youth gangs and the authoritarian methods considered to control crime is starkly dark, that works in the service of creating a horrific vision of a society. Undoubtedly the most disturbing movie from Kubrick!
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001 is not just a film, it is an experience! Developing the story with Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick reached to the furthest reaches of potential human experience, and together they are able to take any willing audience to both the beginning and end of humanity as we understand it. Kubrick’s sci-fi opus is a milestone under whose shadow modern cinema cannot escape. It is the touchstone for the FX-heavy spectacle of space opera blockbusters but also the intellectual rigour of serious art-house dramas. Reportedly this movie was the inspiration for George Lucas’ now classic series Star Wars. And this inspired probably all the other film-makers of science fiction cinema.