Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
"Everyone pretty much acknowledges that he's the man, and I still feel that underrates him." (J. Nicholson). Stanley, thanks for making me love cinema
I had the great pleasure of visiting the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA today. He was an incredible craftsman, artist and thinker. I love his movies more with every viewing. He truly understood the power of film- and, most importantly, its unique ability to penetrate in ways that literature cannot. If only the movie business wasn't plagued by box-office/branding/bullshit motives, and embraced original story again, as a whole. We'd be in better shape and, maybe (just maybe) have some new blood half as good as Kubrick. He brought us full-fledged metaphysical orbs of energy, free from intellectual entanglement. He was fully philosophical, fully literate, and yet his films reach at the innermost part of our being, reaching deeper- fully utilizing the power of film. God help me. He is a legend for good goddam reason. As far as I'm concerned it's him and Bergman. The two gods of full cinematic power.