Stanley Kubrick • The Shining















“All work & no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The Shining is known as “a masterpiece of modern horror” & I couldn’t describe it better. Based on a novel by Stephen King, it’s a story about Jack Torrance {a writer & recovering alcoholic played by the always amazing Jack Nicholson}, who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel called the Overlook Hotel. I haven’t read the novel, that is slightly different from the movie, but I think Kubrick made a brilliant job with it. Here’s a famous quote by King about the adaptation: 

“Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fall flat. Not that religion has to be involved in horror, but a visceral skeptic such as Kubrick just couldn’t grasp the sheer inhuman evil of The Overlook Hotel. So he looked, instead, for evil in the characters & made the film into a domestic tragedy with only vaguely supernatural overtones. That was the basic flaw: because he couldn’t believe, he couldn’t make the film believable to others. What’s basically wrong with Kubrick’s version of The Shining is that it’s a film by a man who thinks too much and feels too little; & that’s why, for all its virtuoso effects, it never gets you by the throat & hangs on the way real horror should.”

They had a few disagreements during the production & I love how Kubrick deliberately showed us what he did with King’s original play on the car crash scene, when the Torrance family was heading to The Overlook Hotel. Oh, I’m not telling anything about that, you’ll have to find out for yourself.

The Shining is a classic, a delicious thriller full of details & conspiracy theories besides the main plot & I highly recommend the “Room 237” documentary, because if you didn’t get obsessed with the movie, after watching this, you will. Think about theories about the genocide of Native Americans, Kubrick being contracted by NASA to direct the footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing or a message to remind all the horrors of the Holocaust. I love how creative people are.

The room for the movie was definitively the best, it was so awesome I forgot to breathe for a few seconds. You’d walk in dark corridors & open all these Hotel doors, only to find original scene objects, such as the Stephen Kings’ novel with notes from Kubrick himself, the Grady sisters’ matching dresses, Danny’s “Apollo 11” sweater, the infamous axe & knife & Jack’s iconic typewriter. Gasp. The original typewriter with the scariest horror lines ever written: “All work & no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I’m having the chills right now, I just love “The Shining” so much. 
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Stanley Kubrick • A Clockwork Orange
















I love A Clockwork Orange. I love dystopia & I love the aesthetics in this movie; in fact the whole scenario is the main reason I love it so much. My first contact with this world was with an old A Clockwork Orange book {written by Anthony Burgess, 1962} when I was 15; yes, the book was my first reference for this story. I tried really hard to read it without the help of the Nadsat dictionary, but it was impossible – if you have seen/read it you know what I’m talking about. In the same year I watched the movie & that’s when I actually fell in love: the costume design, the photography, the futuristic look, the soundtrack & of course the old good ultraviolence! Since you’ve already watched & read the book {if you haven’t, I’m sorry, but are you in the right blog?} I’ll just talk about my favorite things about the movie.

Beethoven, also described as Heaven Metal, is the perfect sountrack for the ultraviolence & fake redemption; the white outfit, along with knives, combat boots & fake eyelashes is probably the most iconic costume in the history of the cinema; moloko-plus, it must be the best drug ever invented, specially because it comes out from the tits of those white statues; Nadsat; the ultraviolence {sorry I can’t help it}, the fight scenes, the “Singing in the Rain” rape; the crippled Julian punishing Alex with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony & the last scene: “I was cured, all right!”. I can’t hide my excitment everytime I remember about this movie!

The “A Clockwork Orange” room was a bit disappointing, I must confess. I saw all my fav things but the overall display wasn’t as perfect as the one for “The Shining” {keep an eye for the next post}, so I didn’t enjoy it so much. But everything was there: costumes, newspapers, statues, everything! 

PS: I was dressed as a {slutty} member of Alex’ gang for the only costume party I’ve ever been to, & everyone looked at my wrists & asked why I had bloody eyes on it; I guess I’m one of the few who notice these details. You can’t imagine how amazing was seeing all these details so close to me! 
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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.



Lolita



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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