Kubrick Archives to Be Housed in London
The archives of Stanley Kubrick one of the most comprehensive collections of film production materials in the world will be housed at a London arts school from the summer of 2006.
Boxes of scripts, research documents, correspondence, costumes, props, models and film equipment will be displayed at the University of the Arts' London College of Communication for public viewing and student research, the college announced Monday.
The archives "have a depth and breadth that we wanted to make available so that future generations have an understanding of the way that Stanley worked," Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick, said in a statement.
The London school was selected because Kubrick spent most of his life in Britain, said Christiane, who is a painter and an alumna of a branch of the university, St. Martin's School of Art.
Born in New York in 1928, Kubrick moved to England in 1961 and stayed in Britain until his death at 70 in 1999.
His films include "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Barry Lyndon."
"In the whole history of movies, there has been nothing like Kubrick's vision," said Steven Spielberg, who was a friend of the director. "It was a vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery, of humor and contradictions.
"I am pleased to hear that his archives are going to University of the Arts London, which will ensure his legacy and vision are kept alive."
The university will construct a center for archives and special collections on the LCC campus in south London to house Kubrick's material.
His family will own the archives but the school will be responsible for the upkeep.
The university has started a fund-raising campaign to maintain and promote the archive and will be seeking an endowment to support it indefinitely.This undated image provided by the Kubrick Archive released Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, shows one of the exhibits from the archives of American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick which will be housed at the London arts school starting Summer 2006. This undated still from the set of the Kubrick film "Eyes wide shut", shows Kubrick, 2nd left, with Tom Cruise, left, Julienne Davis as the corpse and director of photography on the film Larry Smith, right.