Profile of an Auteur: Stanley Kubrick

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Definition of an Auteur: A filmmaker who influences their movies so much that they rank as their author.

Stanley Kubrick, was a Jewish-American filmmaker who rose to prominence because of his distinct film-making style. His films are acclaimed for their technical perfection and the deep symbolism.

He is known for Lolita, amongst others films, including the gory horror film A Clockwork Orange. 

 He was often nominated for awards, he was nominated for an Oscar for Lolita for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was then nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director.

What’s more, some of his work was extremely controversial because of their graphic and sexual content. He was not afraid to push boundaries, he always had his own slant on films and is a true Auteur.

Full Metal Jacket (1987) is an interesting film because of his use of music, he uses music seemingly at odd times in the film. The music becomes another character, it clashes, at times, with the action. But, again, this was Kubrick firmly stamping his mark on his films. The film is brutal, angry — and is consequently absorbing to watch.

Kubrick is considered an Auteur because of his long production period, Kubrick took years to complete a film, ensuring that every shot was perfect. Kubrick also worked with a small production group, this allowed Kubrick to remain in control at all times.

What’s more, Kubrick also quite often would undertake the roles of Director, Producer and Writer, again to remain in control. Kubrick himself strived for privacy and consequently became a recluse.

Perhaps most of all, Kubrick strived for technical perfection, he was a true Auteur, whose work has inspired many a filmmaker, and continues to do so. His films have become part of cinema history.

 “What we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent. ” Alex, A Clockwork Orange 

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