In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff

We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.

Try Advanced Search

  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...

Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette

Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Joanne Jacobs
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes

Redwood Dragon
The Invisible Hand
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz


Our Last 50 Referrers

« Policy Break -- "Liberal", phooey | Main | Free Reads -- Paglia »

August 16, 2002

Kubrick Rererereredux


Thanks for sending along the Kubrick documentary, which I've watched about half of at this point.

Most of the biographical information on his early life I knew from a book I had read on Kubrick back in college. What was a big surprise was listening to Kubrick talk--his accent was, of course, American. The other, related, surprise was realizing just how clued in his subject matter was to the times. He developed a nuclear war movie (Dr. Strangelove) around the time of the Cuban missile crisis, he made a teen-sex movie (Lolita) in the early days of the pill/sexual revolution, he made a space movie (2001) during the space race, he made a juvenile crime/urban disorder movie (Clockwork Orange) during the law and order presidency of Nixon. I'll bet if you read the screenplay for his cancelled project on Napoleon in the late 60's you'd see it derived from LBJ and the Vietnam war.

I can see how someone with Kubrick's armor-plated chutzpah would ultimately end up with Hollywood eating out of his hand. Unfortunately, being in that position meant he stopped using his greatest talent--figuring out the hot issues of the day and building movies around them.

In the end, the chess hustler seems to have hustled himself; Kubrick's art (I use the term seriously) came out of his street smarts, his instinct for the main chance, and when he stopped picking subjects on that basis (because of the hostile reaction to Clockwork Orange in Britain?) his movies lost their zip.



posted by Friedrich at August 16, 2002


Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?