Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008)

Jon Ronson


Eccentricity comes in many forms. In the case of perfectionist film-maker Stanley Kubrick, who died in 1999, they clearly informed his genius. This trawl by journalist Jon Ronson through the archives of Kubrick's St Albans estate reveals a shy, meticulous stationery-obsessive who was a "Catherine wheel of ideas and projects". In hundreds of catalogued cardboard boxes, Ronson finds screen tests, fan letters, mind-bogglingly detailed location research, and memos about cat collars and barometric pressure. The documentary is a cinéaste's dream, but the remoteness - even coldness - of its subject's technical masterpieces such as 2001: a Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon remains, like the man himself, a compelling enigma.


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