If someone were to make the statement that Stanley Kubrick was the greatest film director to ever live, there probably wouldn’t be much argument. Just a reverent nod of recognition. At the very least, one can argue that he’s the greatest film director to never win an Academy Award, as surprising as that is. What’s also surprising is that Kubrick only directed 13 feature films throughout his remarkable career. A notorious perfectionist, Kubrick took years to complete a film. It was not unheard of for Kubrick to order 50 takes of a particular scene. Even actions such as walking through a door, weren’t beyond his critical eye. Many famous directors are on record for being directly influenced by the works of Kubrick including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Michael Mann, David Fincher and James Cameron.
The only argument that seems to be debated concerning the works of Stanley Kubrick is which of his films is his best. Of course the argument is subjective, considering that they are all drastically different, as far as subject matter and tone. Personally, I find it fascinating how my own particular preference for his films changes as I age. I was first exposed to Kubrick by his film Spartacus. When I was a kid my favorite Kubrick film was 2001: A Space Odyssey, in college it was A Clockwork Orange, now that I’m older it’s Barry Lyndon. (Although I can probably watch Dr. Strangelove all day, every day.)
So what is YOUR favorite Kubrick film? What film do YOU feel is his greatest work? VOTE and leave your comments below so we can discuss.
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