CINEMA: In the presence of a god of cinema: Kubrick by Kubrick
Nick Holdsworth
Nick Holdsworth
Our regular critic.
Published date: October 22, 2020

Gregory Monro’s Kubrick By Kubrick is an hour or so of bliss for any cineaste, for whom Stanley Kubrick needs no introduction.

Famously reluctant to talk to the press, Kubrick – who spent much of his adult life working from a rambling old mansion set in the Hertfordshire countryside northwest of London – in 1980 granted a lengthy interview to prominent French film critic Michel Ciment.

Monro’s masterfully crafted film builds its story of Kubrick’s development around the spine of Ciment’s tape, adding contemporary interviews with those who worked with Kubrick and well-chosen clips from his films (including rare footage of his first, rarely seen feature Fear and Desire (1953) about four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, as well as an early documentary, Day of the Fight (1951) which demonstrates that his eye for composition and lighting was already well established from his four-year stint as a photographer at New York’s Look magazine.

One of the greatest

It is a cliché to say that Kubrick, who died aged 70 in 1999, exerted a powerful influence on cinema; as one of the world’s greatest film directors, his genius is often taken for granted. Monro’s gift is to dissect that genius, showing us the sheer determination and …

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