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Today is Monday, July 26, the 208th day of 2004 with 158 to follow.
By United Press International

Stanley Kubrick exhibit opens in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 1 (UPI) -- A German museum has opened a exhibit chronicling filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's five-decade career, including props from "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Dr. Strangelove."

Stiller: Not much I won't do for a laugh

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Ben Stiller admitted to reporters in Los Angeles recently there is little he won't do for a laugh.

'The Missing:' Ron Howard's horror-western

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Ron Howard's first film since winning the Best Director Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" is the vastly different "The Missing." It's a highly fictionalized and stra

Big buck to preserve low-budget flicks

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A half-century after George and Mike Kuchar were forced to take their low-budget movies underground, some big names are putting up the cash to preserve them.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2003 with 158 to follow.
By United Press International

"Northfork": Awesome -- and annoying

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- "Northfork" is the most spectacular looking $2 million movie in decades. One staggering image succeeds another in the Polish Brothers' precocious and precious v
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Feature: Thomas Gibson, good guy

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Thomas Gibson sheds his "Dharma & Greg" nice guy image to pay a troubled police officer in the new TV movie "Evil Never Dies."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Newcomer Rob Marshall wins DGA Award

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Rob Marshall won the Directors Guild of America's top feature film directing award in Los Angeles Saturday for "Chicago."

Feature: Oscar eyes on DGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America presents its 55th annual DGA Awards on Saturday, probably providing a strong clue as to who will win the Oscar for Best Director.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'The Pianist' wins top BAFTA prize

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- "The Pianist" was named best film and its director, Roman Polanski, won the David Lean Award for best direction at the 2003 BAFTA Awards.

BAFTA will honor producer Saul Zaentz

LONDON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Orange British Academy Film Awards will present producer Saul Zaentz with one of the highest honors in film, the Academy Fellowship, in London Sunday.

Hollywood Analysis: An Oscar for Scorsese?

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- One of the more compelling storylines of this year's Hollywood awards season is the question of whether Martin Scorsese will finally win an Oscar.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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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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