Thursday, February 16, 2006

Kubrick, dictatorial perfectionist

American director Stanley Kubrick, everyone says, is a legend. One of the most successful indepedent directors to work in Hollywood and later in Britain, Kubrick's name is hissed with reverence by film buffs.
As a kid, I have longed to watch 2001: A Space Odyessey. What a title! I dont think there is another movie with a more fascinating title. I read the screenplay to this movie with Arthur C Clarke worked based on one his short stories, The Sentinel.
By this time, Kubrick had already made a clean, visually appealing Roman epic, Spartacus, besides two classics - Dr Strangelove and Lolita. He was in his creative peak. The announcement of his collabaration with Clarke was made amidst unprecedented hype. The movie, besides turning out to best science fiction movie ever made, ensured that Kubrick's name would always be associated with the genre.