ByDerrick Elder, writer at

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. "

-Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick is regarded as one of the greatest film director's in history and one of the most complicated minds. Like a combination of Renaissance painter, puzzle maker, playwright, sociologist, every frame of a Kubrick movie is cluttered with cultural meaning. His subjects and interests were all across the spectrum, and his dedication to details were spectacular β€” everything we see on screen is a choice, driven by some aspect of the man's personality.

Much has been written on the impact of Kubrick's films over the years, but many still don't know the man behind the camera, the New Yorker who kept his ambition strong from his teenagers years to the end of his life. Before Kubrick rolled motion picture cameras, he took on the streets of New York City to do the same for photojournalism. The director was only 16 years old when he sold his first snapshot to Look, the magazine he’d shoot over 27,000 photos for, from 1945 to 1950. His first film was the documentary short "Day at the Fight", an extension of his Look series "Prizefighter." Kubrick passed away in 1999.

One of his many famous films, A Space Odyssey, published soon after the film was released. The film follows an adventure to Jupiter with the attentive computer Hal after the discovery of a mysterious black monument affecting human evolution. The film deals with the themes of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, special effects, and imagery. It uses sound and minimal dialogue.


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