One of his very first film achievements, Killer's Kiss was independently produced
by Kubrick with money borrowed from friends. Foreshadowing the release of his horror epic,
The Shining, this is a darkly broding tale about Davy Gordon, a down-on-his luck boxer who
falls in love with a beautiful dancer working in a seedy nightclub. When they attempt to
leave New York to start anew, Davy finds himself at odds with Vince, the club owner, and
the scene is set for a bloody confrontation.
At Kubrick's insistence, the panning and tracking shots were filmed with a 25mm
lens – the widest then available. One of the first films to successfully employ a
non-linear storytelling technique, The Killing is billed as one of the greatest crime
thrillers ever made. When ex-con Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) plans a daring racetrack
robbery, he looks forward to a life of fortune. But he hasn't counted on dames like Sherry
Peatty (Marie Windsor) – a money hungry vixen who has devious plans of her own.
PATHS OF GLORY
Kirk Douglas plays Colonel Dax, a French General Staffer who has been ordered to 'take the
Ant Hill at any cost'. But Dax knows it's a suicide mission and when three soldiers are
charged with cowardice and mutiny for avoiding the fray, he is enlisted to fight the
un-winnable fight and help save them from the firing squad. Regarded as the masterpiece of
anti-war films, Paths of Glory still stands as one of the best films in this genre.
The original and still the best, Vladimir Nabokov personally adapted his most
controversial novel for this Kubrick classic. James Masin stars as the sexually obsessed
writer who weds Charlotte (Shelley Winters) to satisfy an unhealthy desire for her teenage
daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon). Matching him at each twist and turn, Peter Sellers also stars
as the doomed chameleon Clare Quilty.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Proclaimed by Steven Spielberg as the formative 'Big Bang' of his filmaking generation,
this is regarded by most as Kubrick's master work, for which he won an Academy Award.
Dazzling in its visual effects, this futuristic take on man's place in the universe was
years ahead of its time, forever breaching the boundaries of what 'could be' in the world
In a total break from the accepted technique for film lighting, Kubrick made the whole
film using the natural (candle) light of the period. The result is lush, drawing parallels
with his early work as a photographer for Look magazine. Ryan O'Neal stars as an 18th
Century lad, determined to achieve status via every means at his disposal.
Co-adapted for the screen by the master of horror himself, Stephen King, this
suspense-filled horror epic gave Jack Nicholson ("Heeeere's Johnny!") one of his
most famous characters to date. As the menacing Jack Torrance, he plays to the hilt the
role of a man driven mad by the demons that lurk in his winter idle. Shelly Duval plays
Jack's terrified wife.
FULL METAL JACKET
Hailed as the definitive comment on America's waterloo – the Vietnam War – this
is the last film Kubrick made before Eyes Wide Shut. A harrowing account starring Matthew
Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood and Arliss Howard, Full Metal
Jacket pays no homage to the 'heroism' of war. Using a real ex-marine (Lee Ermey) to play
the savage drill sergeant, Kubrick pulls no punches as he takes you from the rigours of
basic training to the hell of actual combat.
DR STRANGELOVE (OR: How I learned to stop worrying and love
Peter Sellers plays three characters in this brilliant black
comedy apout a bunch of military men planning a nuclear