February 5, 2016 at 12:27PM, Edited February 5, 12:27PM

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Stanley Kubrick – Breaking Down the Master’s Directing Style

What is that elevates a filmmaker to a film master like Stanley Kubrick, or that elegant French word, auteur? In the vast majority of films that make it onto the big screen these days, it is the actors’ names which draw curious audiences above the director’s.

In many cases, at least in a film’s public profile, the director works behind the scenes, barely participating in the promotion circuit, and in the most disheartening cases, can even earn the label of a “Hollywood Hack”.

Inarguably one of the most creative, idiosyncratic, visionary directors of our time, Stanley Kubrick falls easily into this categorisation of auteur. His films, which frequently mix incisive political messages with disturbing character relationships and iconic horror imagery, are simultaneously artful and raw.

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Good article, Alex.

I’ve been a long-time Kubrick fan. In film school, I studied his films intensely.
I’ve always believed that the theme running through all his films was the origin of fascism in the human species.

Kubrick seemed to emphasize the tendency of humans to try to dominate each brutally. This is most evident in Paths of Glory, his film about a French general scapegoating three soldiers for the loss of territory in a battle.

February 10, 2016 at 5:40PM

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Glenn Bossik
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February 12, 2016 at 12:50PM, Edited February 12, 12:50PM

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Alex Ferrari
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Looks like a great site and look forward to being a part of it!
My inspiration comes from many of my favorite directors including Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard and most currently a big fan of the Coen Brothers productions.

February 27, 2016 at 4:49PM

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corinne sennitt
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His direction style is simply awesome, no doubts.

March 7, 2016 at 1:48PM

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Bluedart Parcels
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Let me first start off by saying I absolutely love Kubrick's body of work. He was a master craftsman and we'll probably never see anyone as good as him ever again. However, I always felt editorial was where he dropped the ball. You notice almost every cut in Kubrick's films, especially in 2001 and Barry Lyndon. While his framing and cinematography are beautiful, he doesn't seem to be able to transition between his shots well. I'll probably be torn apart for saying so, but it seems to me that his imagination seems to end once the movie has been shot.

April 14, 2016 at 8:49PM

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Maury Shessel
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Great site I'll use often. You've put a lot of effort in here. Thanks.

May 9, 2016 at 6:52AM

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John Stockton
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