Stanley Kubrick

Last Thursday night we took our first ferry across the IJ (pronounced – eye) to the Eye for the Stanley Kubrick exhibition which is being advertised all over town. (I think Alex looks really good as the side of a building!)

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The Exhibition is full of props, behind the scenes photos, and personal correspondence of Stanley’s. Being a long time fan of his work, it was remarkably interesting to have a further dimension to some of my favourite films.

Each film had its own space set out with pertinent clips being shown and memorabilia surrounding the walls. Here’s some of the things we saw.

Hate mail from church organisations for Lolita.

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The model of the War Room from Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

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Some of the furniture from A Clockwork Orange. You can see the clip in the back ground here.

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The typewriter and axes from The Shining. I also got pictures of the model of the maze. It was such a highlight given how often we watch this movie.

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You can see the twins and the maze in the reflection on this case.

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Ape costumes and the helmet from 2001: Space Odyssey. Hal, the ship, and the baby were all around this movie too, but in the darkness were difficult to get photos of.

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Full Metal Jacket had some amazing propaganda posters.

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They also had the helmet from the movie poster, along with the gun. They had the gun prayer posted next to it on a plaque. “This is my gun. There are many that look like it, but this one is mine. My gun is my best friend. It is my life. I must manage it like I manage my life.”

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Finally there was the last movie Stanley made. Eyes Wide Shut.

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He had finished working on it, but it was released after his death.

He was a genius in his field. There was so much passion, emotion, and power in all his movies. It was a wonderful exhibition, and we’re hoping to go again before it moves on.

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