THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING STANLEY KUBRICK
Born in New York in 1928, Stanley Kubrick was beyond a cinematic genius. A chess whiz by the age of 17 as well as a master photographer, I, without hesitation, consider Kubrick to be one of the most intelligent men to ever live. His films have created a lasting impact on society and with each viewing, gives you a brand new outlook on life, the self, and the universe. However, to fully appreciate and understand the depths of a film, I think it's incredibly important to understand the filmmaker who has put together the picture. Stanley was a Freudian and used psychology through films to analyze human nature in order to have a better understanding of the way we function as a species. I've compiled 5 of Stanley's films to watch in this order, that I think are essential to fully understanding Kubrick as a man and a filmmaker.
1) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
2) DR. STRANGELOVE: or HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
3) FULL METAL JACKET (1987)
4) THE SHINING (1980)
5) EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)