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 

The Past In Our Pockets, The Future In Our Hearts

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.”

There are moments in life, where we must learn from the past, quite often it shapes us and move onwards in to the future. And we must be a part of the present, the now.

Film makers are like that, quite often, their films reflect something of their past, some demon they are confronting. Legendary Director, Tim Burton (Frankenweenie) confronted one of his bullies in one of his best known films, Edward Scissorhands. The character Jim was a representation of all the jocks who bullied Burton at high school. And his end is rather dramatic, rather cinematic. But was one of the scenes which has made Burton such a brilliant director.

The Rabbit Film has had a momentous week this week, a week of firsts, a week of learning. And, a week of exclusives, for you. Keep your eyes peeled, for the coming term. It’s set to be a corker.