Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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CS Video: Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket Turns 30

Sit down with the Full Metal Jacket cast. The Full Metal Jacket cast includes Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Take a look back with Full Metal Jacket stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio

Last month marked the 30th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s penultimate feature, Full Metal Jacket. Warner Bros. Pictures celebrated the festivities with an anniversary screening in Los Angeles last weekend. Before the event, had the chance to sit down with stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio alongside Leon Vitali, Kubrick’s longtime assistant. In the player below, you can watch as they reflect on the film all these years later. While both Modine and D’Onofrio explain that they have trouble watching the movie, D’Onofrio explains that he’s planning to watch a specific part of it at the special screening.

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Released domestically in June 1987, Full Metal Jacket arrived at the tail end of a Hollywood fascination with the Vietnam War. Oliver Stone’s Platoon, released the previous year, had just taken home four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Full Metal Jacket, though, arriving seven years after The Shining, wasn’t so much about Vietnam as it was about the dehumanizing side of war and a savage contradiction that, as Joker explains at one point, reflects “the duality of man.”

If you’d like to learn more about the making of Full Metal Jacket, be sure to check out Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary. Released in 2005, the book prints Modine’s photography shots from set. Kubrick normally didn’t allow any outside photos on his sets, but Modine, playing a journalist, wound up being allowed to take and eventually share impressive black and white images from behind the scenes.

Also starring Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard and R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket received an Oscar nomination for its screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford

When was the last time you revisited Full Metal Jacket? How do you feel it compares to Stanley Kubrick’s other works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Watch: The Cinematography of John Alcott, Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man and Master of Natural Light

Here’s a breakdown of cinematographer John Alcott’s techniques.

Make no bones about it: John Alcott is a legend. Stanley Kubrick’s cinematographer is responsible for some of the most stunning imagery in cinema history, including Barry Lyndon, which was meticulously shot using natural light and may as well have been a Romantic painting, and The Shining, which features ingenious camera movement.

Kubrick was a perfectionist and cinematographer in his own right; he demanded much of his DPs, both technically, physically, and emotionally. As a result, the turnover rate for lensing his films was high. Alcott, however, held his ground and was able to deliver on some of the director’s most challenging demands.

In a new video essay, YouTube channel Wolfcrow breaks down Alcott’s techniques.

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