Scorsese set for BAFTA honor

Scorsese set for BAFTA honor

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it plans to honor filmmaker Martin Scorsese at its awards ceremony in London next month.

Aguilera celebrates 'Clockwork' birthday

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Pop singer Christina Aguilera dressed up like the lead character of "A Clockwork Orange" to celebrate her 28th birthday in Los Angeles, witnesses say.

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WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a statement Wednesday, mourning the death of renowned scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke.

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Hollywood Film Festival to honor Affleck

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Eastwood to receive Stanley Kubrick Award

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles has named actor-director Clint Eastwood as the recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award.

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Los Angeles BAFTA to honor Liz Taylor

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honor Elizabeth Taylor during its upcoming awards ceremony.

Cruise named Kubrick award recipient

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- Actor Tom Cruise Tuesday was named the winner of the 2005 Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film.

Spielberg voted top director

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Readers of Britain's Empire magazine have voted Steven Spielberg cinema's greatest director, above Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.

Cable TV star helps wounded troops

BETHESDA, Md., May 13 (UPI) -- A popular cable television personality on the History Channel is visiting badly wounded U.S. troops, the American Forces Press Service said Friday.

Director Mendes to get lifetime award

LONDON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- British film director Sam Mendes will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the BBC reported Thursday.

Showime plans Disney power struggle movie

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Stanley Kubrick
Actress Marisa Berenson arrives at the French re-release of the Stanley Kubrick film "Barry Lyndon" in Paris on December 13, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career. Kubrick was noted for the scrupulous care with which he chose his subjects, his slow method of working, the variety of genres he worked in, his technical perfectionism, his reluctance to talk about his films, and his reclusiveness regarding his personal life. He maintained almost complete artistic control, making movies according to his own whims and time constraints, but with the rare advantage of big-studio financial support for all his endeavors.

Kubrick's films are characterized by a formal visual style and meticulous attention to detail. His later films often have elements of surrealism and expressionism that eschews structured linear narrative. His films are repeatedly described as slow and methodical, and are often perceived as a reflection of his obsessive and perfectionist nature. A recurring theme in his films is man's inhumanity to man. While often viewed as expressing an ironic pessimism, a few critics feel his films contain a cautious optimism when viewed more carefully.

The film that first brought him attention to many critics was Paths of Glory, the first of three films of his about the dehumanizing effects of war. Many of his films at first got a lukewarm reception, only to be years later acclaimed as masterpieces that had a seminal influence on many later generations of film-makers. Considered especially groundbreaking was 2001: A Space Odyssey noted for being both one of the most scientifically realistic and visually innovative science-fiction films ever made while maintaining an enigmatic non-linear storyline. He voluntarily withdrew his film A Clockwork Orange from Great Britain, after it was accused of inspiring copycat crimes which in turn resulted in threats against Kubrick's family. His films were largely successful at the box-office, although Barry Lyndon performed poorly in the United States. Both living authors Anthony Burgess (over time) and Stephen King (immediately) were unhappy with Kubrick's adaptations of their novels A Clockwork Orange and The Shining respectively, and both authors were engaged with subsequent stage or TV adaptations. All of Kubrick's films from the mid-1950s to his death except for The Shining were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. Although he was nominated for an Academy Award as a screenwriter and director on several occasions, his only personal win was for the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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