Kubrick Becomes a Film-Industry Leader (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: A remarkable series of three artistically stunning and financially successful films established Stanley Kubrick as a director of nearly unlimited capabilities.
Summary of Event
When Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about the accidental start of World War III, Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, was released to a general audience on January 30, 1964, the film was more thoroughly the creation of its director than was usual for a major production of the time. Yet from his first short sports documentary, Day of the Fight (1950), Kubrick kept tight artistic control over his films; in turn, he insisted on a costly level of perfection that, fortunately, paid off at the box office. The product neither of a film school nor of a studio’s careful grooming, Kubrick was a self-taught still photographer and avid film-watcher whose work promised to combine artistic and financial success.
The filming of Lolita (1962), Vladimir Nabokov’s risqué story of a man’s obsession with a pubescent girl, had introduced Kubrick to actor Peter Sellers and to the experience of directing a comedy. These two developments proved crucial to Dr. Strangelove, Kubrick’s film adaptation of Peter George’s thriller Red Alert (1958). Struck by the absurdity that he saw beneath supposedly rational military and political thinking about...
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