Stanley Kubrick • The Exhibition

First of all, yes, I know I am six months late with this post, but this expo was so incredible I had to share.

If you are a big cinema lover {like I am} you obviously know Stanley Kubrick & already watched at least five of his movies. When I heard it was coming to Brazil I was thrilled, yay, first time in Latin America; too bad I had to wait for almost two years to make this dream come true. I visited the exhibition in January at MIS, Sao Paulo.

Every movie had it’s own special room, with pictures, sound effects, decoration & scene objects. The pictures I show in this post are from my least favorite movies, I’m making special posts about “A Clockwork Orange” & “The Shining”, my favorites so far. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of all the rooms {why the hell didn’t I take any from “Dr. Strangelove”?} so I’ll talk a bit about the movies I share in this post.

Paths of Glory

Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refused to continue a suicidal attack. Dax attempts to defend them against a charge of cowardice in a court-martial.

Paths of Glory is an anti-war movie, it’s pretty sad but Kirk Douglas shines on it, totally worth watching. I don’t watch war movies because I get mad, I was forced to watch this one at my Movie Club but I enjoyed it a lot. The room at the exhibition hat this “trenches” feel with “war” noises, it was a great experience.


Based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl.

Ew. Ew. I dislike “Lolita” for so many reasons, but obviously it has nothing to do with Kubrick. Worth watching if you haven’t read the book. Or read the book. Or just skip this one for life. Humbert is a creepy pedophile & that’s it, it’s made to dirturb people & works a lot for me. The room wasn’t impressive at all, but I liked the huge glasses with the scenes on.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The story deals with a series of encounters between humans & mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human evolution, & a voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the Moon. The film is frequently described as an epic.

Am I going to hell if I say I don’t like this one? Not saying that it isn’t great, but just not my cup of tea. It’s beautiful to watch but the story is a little off to me. Totally worth watching anyway, never skip the classics! The room was amazing, as you can see in my pictures.

Barry Lyndon

The film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer.
The most impressive thing about this movie is that it was shot without electric lighting on the interior scenes. Yes, just candles. I think it explains why the expo room was so dark. Anyway, I just took pictures from the costumes, I love seeing the details. 

Full Metal Jacket

The story follows a platoon of U.S. Marines through their training & the experiences of two of the platoon’s Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. 

Watched this as a kid, enough trauma for a life. Kubrick really loved war movies, his wife said he was obsessed with old movies about it & spent hours watching ‘em. The room was incredible, we could lay in the bunk beds & watch some scenes on the top bunk.

Eyes Wide Shut

The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society.

This was Kubrick’s last film, as he died six days after showing his final cut. I haven’t watched it yet, knowing that fact makes me hate that movie already. 

PS: I am so thankful for seeing the “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition”. I’ve been to Paris & visited a lot of great exhibitions but this, for true real cinema lovers like me, was a blessing. It’s really amazing how Brazilian museums are getting into the popular taste now & it’s beyond awesome because it makes art get closer to our eyes.
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