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Stanley Kubrick: Life in Pictures [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Katharina Kubrick , Malcolm McDowell , Jan Harlan    DVD
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  • Actors: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Tom Cruise, Ken Adam, Margaret Adams
  • Directors: Jan Harlan
  • Producers: Jan Harlan, Anthony Frewin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007FX2Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Who was Kubrick? Few people can answer that question with a certain degree of certitude. After all, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) was a very private person, someone who didn't give too many interviews and whose work is often defined as outstanding but ambiguous.

All the same, don't worry. The few people who really knew Kubrick, for example his family and a few close friends, helped to make "Stanley Kubrick - A Life in Pictures", an engaging documentary that tells us about his life, influences, films and odd habits. Jan Harlan, the director, was not only his longtime executive producer, but also his brother-in-law.

I certainly doubt that after watching this dvd you will have a clear picture of who Kubrick was, but I am sure you will end up knowing quite a bit more about him and his movies. Furthermore, you will enjoy watching a well-made and highly interesting documentary, that is worth both your time and your money. Heartily recommended!

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all photographers 14 April 2014
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Yes, I know Stanley Kubrick is a film director but you have to understand his personal journey to see why he is for the very best 'film' director of all time. This documentary takes you deeply into his life with outstanding contributions from close friends and family who explain his approach to direction and cinematography. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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What an incredible film director... had I forgotten? Did I ever even know? How has it escaped me for this long to realise how brilliant Stanley Kubrick was?

I don't think there has been a filmmaker like him and this documentary draws on an impressive list of contributors to tell this story, the story of possibly the best filmmaker who ever lived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse of the Master 10 Jan 2007
Jan Harlan's film offers us a rare glimpse of the Master at work, in home movies and on the set of films such as Full Metal Jacket and The Shining. It is narrated by Tom Cruise and contains contributions from the likes of Arthur C Clarke, Alan Parker, Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg. I particularly enjoyed the sections on Strangelove, 2001 and Barry Lyndon and it was good to have contributions from Kubrick's wife and daughters. As a perfectionist, Kubrick could be notoriously difficult to work with, but he dedicated his life to movies and he never took his viewing public for granted, and for this we should all be grateful. This DVD provides a fitting tribute.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick's odyssey finally realized 23 July 2001
By Jerry at the Movies - Published on
STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES is as good a documentary as one can make, especially about a master film director like Kubrick. Dealing with his life from growing up in the Bronx to his last days making and refining EYES WIDE SHUT, LIFE IN PICTURES has interviews with cast members, production crew, writers, composers, etc. Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Shelley Duvall, Tom Cruise among others are the actors interviewed. Wendy Carlos, musician who orchestrated the classical music in CLOCKWORK ORANGE, is also interviewed, as is Jan Harlan (producer and brother-in-law), Christina Kubrick (Kubrick's wife and a painter), Gyorgy Ligeti (composer's music used in many Kubrick films), and many more invaluable interviews.
There are also clips from every single Kubrick production, comments and revelations (particularly about CLOCKWORK's controversy in Great Britain), reaction from critics like Richard Schickel and other film directors such as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, and so much more. Anyone who is a Kubrick fan cannot be without this 21/2 hour documentary...invaluable only skims the surface, it is essential.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Christiana Kubrick 25 Mar 2004
By D. A. Magee - Published on
A Life in Pictures is a superb and much needed documentary of the legendary filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick. The film follows the traditional format for biographical documentaries and starts with Kubrick's youth and his early influences. It progresses steadily through all of his films and finally to his death. The thing about this documentary, about one of the worlds most reclusive and misunderstood filmmakers, that makes it so good is the insight into his personal life, provided by his wife, Christiana Kubrick. I think that she understood some of the things that the fans would really be looking for in this film, and that is to say the glimpsing into the kind of man that Kubrick really was, behind the camera or at home. There are lots of great interviews and the film is very tasteful and respectfully done. This is definately one for the fans, but those who are just curious will also enjoy it. Thank you Christiana Kubrick for sharing this DVD with the fans.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait Of An Enigmatic Filmmaker 26 Nov 2007
By Erik North - Published on
Stanley Kubrick is one of those film directors around whom speculation has always swirled. He was never comfortable in the Hollywood system; he chose, from 1960 until his death in 1999, to live and work in England; he rarely gave interviews; and in comparison to many other filmmakers, including those that admired him, he made relatively few movies. And yet, it is all those very things that made him a legend in his line of work. All of that, plus his close-knit family life, are explored in great detail in STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES.

In this lengthy but fascinating documentary made by Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, we get to see how Kubrick grew from a budding Bronx-born photographer at Look magazine into his early efforts at filmmaking; his relationship with producer James B. Harris that produced three stunning films (THE KILLING; PATHS OF GLORY; LOLITA); the frustrations of working on SPARTACUS, the only film of his that wasn't firmly under his hand; and the often difficult subject matter he chose to make films about. Fellow directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Alex Cox, and Woody Allen share their thoughts on Kubrick's iconoclastic brand of filmmaking, while collaborators like Michael Herr and Arthur C. Clarke share their experiences on working with him. And so many others here give us a glimpse into what made Kubrick tick, including his wife Christiane.

This documentary is about as thorough a portrait of a filmmaker as there has ever been, and that's no small feat given how enigmatic Kubrick often seemed to be. His view of humanity may not have been particularly ideal as he depicted it in his films, but that's because the reality of humanity is itself often not ideal. And just to think of the wide range of topics the man covered: bizarre love stories (LOLITA; EYES WIDE SHUT); horror (THE SHINING); epic science fiction (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY); political satire (DOCTOR STRANGELOVE); 18th-century manners (BARRY LYNDON); Vietnam (FULL METAL JACKET)...not many filmmakers today, except for the great ones like Spielberg and Scorsese, can boast of such accomplishments in so many different genres and subjects.

Kubrick may no longer be alive, but STANLEY KUBIRCK: A LIFE IN PICTURES ensures that his legacy will be an enduring one for all time. Highly recommended viewing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 21 Feb 2010
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This is one of the greatest pieces of work I have seen to date on a the life of a true artist. It is indepth, full, and simply amazing. Although I felt they could have added a bit more information, at 2 1/2 + hours they accomplished a grand feat. It is Kubrik, the one known and unknown to the public, The Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend this to any one interested in filmmaking and everyone else who is interested but dare not proceed (ie. film 'critics' - those people who think they know art or what's it all about) showing how wrenching, triumphant and all above, it can be. This a truly a piece of a mad genius at work on the set and in the solace of his mind. Great!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating portrait of one of the greatest of film artists.... 7 Dec 2007
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
This is an absolutely fascinating documentary, not only for Kubrick afficinados, but for fans of art, cinema, and life itself. It's a very well made, entertaining, informative, and surprising film. The press/critics were fond of painting Kubrick with a massive brush, saying he was a nutcase/recluse who was afraid of germs and flies. It simply was never true. Kubrick just never liked talking to the press. That means he's quite sane and would rather concentrate on his filmmaking and his family. There's some wonderful home movies of him with his three daughters (especially charming is some footage of them banging away at the piano and instructing their father about life and things), and with his third wife who remained with him until he died, Christianne (a wonderful painter and the actress who sings the beautiful song at the end of Paths of Glory). There are many, many interviews with actors, technicians, assistants, and even composers. The most fascinating interview, at least to me, was the modern composer Gyorgy Ligeti, whose music was used in 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut (the piano music in that film was composed by him). The film, directed by Stanley's brother in law, Jan Harlan (and executive producer on many of his films), really opens the door to show a great artist and a family guy, not some madman screaming at the walls like Howard Hughes (Kubrick was often compared to Hughes by many critics). I always say the more I read about artists, the more I like them, and this film really is quite wonderful. I'm also glad that Warner Brothers released this on its own. Before, it was only available in one of their Kubrick box sets. For any fan of cinema, you really need to see this one.
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