“Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write ‘War and Peace’ in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.” —Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick was honoured with the D.W. Griffith Award for lifetime achievement in 1997. The award, given by the Director’s Guild of America, has a prestigious history. Past winners include Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Sidney Lumet. Because Stanley was in the middle of production on Eyes Wide Shut, he recorded his acceptance speech and sent it to the DGA. The speech is extremely well-written. In fact, it may be the most insightful speech ever composed for a Hollywood award. However, Stanley’s stiff performance wasn’t necessarily on the same level as the text. Stanley’s wife, Christiane, remembers how Stanley prepared for the speech and how he felt after he saw it on T.V.
All the essential documentaries on Stanley Kubrick, including Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001), Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes (2008), A la Recherche de Stanley Kubrick (A. Michaux, F. Benudis 1999), The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove (2000), Cinefile: Stanley Kubrick - The Invisible Man (1996), Stanley Kubrick: Rare Dutch documentary, Without Walls: Forbidden Fruit (1993), Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (2007), Making A Clockwork Orange, Rare 1960s Audio: Stanley Kubrick’s Big Interview with The New Yorker, Still Tickin’: The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000), 2001: The Making of a Myth (2001), Making ‘The Shining’ (1980), Steven and Stanley, Remembering Stanley Kubrick: Steven Spielberg (Paul Joyce 1999), Barry Lyndon production, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007), Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick (2007), and Inside the Making of “Dr. Strangelove”.
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