One of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, Stanley Kubrick died exactly 20 years ago. He died on March 7, 1999. During his career, Kubrick presented the world with several masterpieces that are included in all the lists of the most important films in the history of cinema.
At the same time, for one part of the audience, this director always seemed complicated, pretentious, while the other considers him to be an author who opened new horizons in the field of cinema. We recall what masterpieces Stanley Kubrick presented to the world. With the free movies online you can get the best now.
“Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Afraid and Loved the Bomb” (1964)
Kubrick made his first films with his own money and donations from friends, and in 1954, together with producer James B. Harris, Kubrick organized his own film company. After the low-budget film “Kiss of a Killer” (1955) and the crime drama “Murder” (1956), his first large-scale film “Paths of Glory” was released, where the main role was played by Kirk Douglas.
It was he who, in 1960, as an actor and simultaneously executive producer of the film “Spartak”, invited Kubrick to the place of the dismissed director Anthony Mann. After the film “Spartacus” Stanley Kubrick gained worldwide fame and could take on any projects he liked. And so it happened with the painting “Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Being Afraid and Loved the Bomb”, which instantly gained cult status. Critic Roger Ebert wrote that this is the best satirical film ever made. The film was based on the novel The Red Anxiety, written by Peter George, a former US Air Force captain.
The film became the prototype of anti-war movements in the late 1960s. The film showed a highly skeptical attitude to US military policy, which was considered ideal until the release of the film.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Kubrick spent about five years working on the next project. “Space Odyssey” is an adaptation of the novel by writer Arthur Clark. The film instantly reinforced the director as one of Hollywood’s most influential authors. The Space Odyssey influenced the entire genre of popular science films. The picture tells about a series of meetings of people with mysterious black monoliths that affect the course of human evolution. The first took place at the dawn of history. The second time people find a monolith on the moon in the era of human exploration of near-Earth space. The plot of the film still causes a lot of discussion, and the magnificent use of the classical music of Richard Strauss “So Spoken Zarathustra” and the waltz of Johann Strauss “The Blue Danube” were forever included in all film tutorials.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The next film by Kubrick is A Clockwork Orange (1971) based on the satirical novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess, caused a sensation. At the same time, Kubrick himself dreamed of making a film about Napoleon Bonaparte, but these dreams did not succeed. The film A Clockwork Orange became the most scandalous in the author’s filmography. The film was released with a rating of X (NC-17) in the United States, which caused considerable controversy. A movie poster was created by the legendary designer Bill Gold. The main role was played by Malcolm McDowell. Due to the abundance of sex and violence, A Clockwork Orange was banned by a UK court with the phrase “evil as such.” However, some spectators and critics accepted the film with admiration.