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« on: February 10, 2004, 02:35:29 AM »
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"A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."

that's just so gawd damn profound
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2004, 01:23:50 PM »
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i don't know any of kubrick's quotes, bring them more (it's kubrick!)

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004, 01:29:29 PM »
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A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
Stanley Kubrick

How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001.
Stanley Kubrick

I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.
Stanley Kubrick

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
Stanley Kubrick

I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists-neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are.
Stanley Kubrick

I've never achieved spectacular success with a film. My reputation has grown slowly. I suppose you could say that I'm a successful filmmaker-in that a number of people speak well of me. But none of my films have received unanimously positive reviews, and none have done blockbuster business.
Stanley Kubrick

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
Stanley Kubrick

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
Stanley Kubrick

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
Stanley Kubrick

The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
Stanley Kubrick

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
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The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
Stanley Kubrick, in Guardian, June 5, 1963


"I believe that drugs are basically of more use to the audience than to the artist. I think that the illusion of oneness with the universe, and absorption with the significance of every object in your environment, and the pervasive aura of peace and contentment is not the ideal state for an artist. It tranquilizes the creative personality, which thrives on conflict and on the clash and ferment of ideas. The artist's transcendence must be within his own work; he should not impose any artificial barriers between himself and the mainspring of his subconscious. One of the things that's turned me against LSD is that all the people I know who use it have a peculiar inability to distinguish between things that are really interesting and stimulating and things that appear to be so in the state of universal bliss that the drug induces on a "good" trip. They seem to completely lose their critical faculties and disengage themselves from some of the most stimulating areas of life. Perhaps when everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful."

"I haven't come across any recent new ideas in film that strike me as being particularly important and that have to do with form. I think that a preoccupation with originality of form is more or less a fruitless thing. A truly original person with a truly original mind will not be able to function in the old form and will simply do something different. Others had much better think of the form as being some sort of classical tradition and try to work within it."

"I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was."
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004, 01:34:16 PM »
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If we're talking about stuff he's said himself, I don't have much, but what cronopio has written is why I admire the man so very much.

If it's stuff from his movies, there's one line that pretty much sums up his whole body of work, the last line spoken in his last film.  So very beautiful, so incredibly perfect, in Kidman's delivery and everything.  "Fuck."

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2004, 01:54:48 PM »
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"I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker."
Stanley Kubrick


That's the one. The best one. I'm getting sick to death of people I know working themselves to the bone to learn based on what amounts to fear. The idea of teachers and school, it's all so... ugh, I've never got on board with it...
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2004, 02:35:09 PM »
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it's always very sad to me when report card day comes in high school.  many people i know (generally girls) end up in tears because of their grades (which, for them, bad means mid to low eighties) and they just work themselves so hard and for no other reason than fear.  fear that they won't get into the best school, fear that they won't get the best job, fear that they won't have the best life.  it's strange, i have never been afraid of any of that.  i've always been afraid of taking school too seriously.  rather than being afraid of failure in academics, etc...i have always been afraid of turning out dull later in life because of it.  not to denounce education or anything but.....i think generally, at least in my school, it's bullshit.  most of the teachers here are simply "doing their jobs" anyway...

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2004, 02:37:42 PM »
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after filming a take of one of the soldiers running toward a building (which is being blown apart by bullets), Kubrick and the FMJ crew run over to reset, etc...

kubrick turns to the camera, smiles, and says "Boy, that looked like something, eh?"

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2004, 02:38:20 PM »
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"The audience should just watch the movie [The Shining] as a whole, and not focus on just the helicopter blades." - Kubrick to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol


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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2004, 02:52:23 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2004, 03:40:42 PM »
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"all day long except when i got to bed. that's the only time i take it off".

kubrick on his beard.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2004, 03:46:06 PM »
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"England is one of my favorite places. The fans are just so crazy." - Stanley Kubrick.

"There's no difference between a tacky Jew from Miami and a rap star. They both want the Cadillac and the Rolex with the diamonds." - Stanley Kubrick.

"I dress the way I want. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not." - Stanley Kubrick.

"Is there a rehab center for Coke drinkers? I drink six to eight cans a day." - Stanley Kubrick.

"I was watching an HBO special the other night on real-life maximum-security-prison guys. I glanced up, and my poster was in quite a few cells. I was screaming 'Oh, no!'" - Stanley Kubrick

"I never had my own name on a bathing suit on Baywatch. I was always given one that said Pamela or Yasmine. I earned my own suit, at the end of the season, which I now have framed." - Stanley Kubrick

"Just because I look sexy on the cover of Rolling Stone doesn't mean I'm naughty." - Stanley Kubrick
 
"Christina and I are friends no matter what the media makes up."  - Stanley Kubrick
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2004, 04:00:25 PM »
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that zany Stanley Kubrick...
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2004, 05:15:23 PM »
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Quote from: cronopio
1."England is one of my favorite places. The fans are just so crazy." - Stanley Kubrick.

2."There's no difference between a tacky Jew from Miami and a rap star. They both want the Cadillac and the Rolex with the diamonds." - Stanley Kubrick.

3."I dress the way I want. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not." - Stanley Kubrick.

4."Is there a rehab center for Coke drinkers? I drink six to eight cans a day." - Stanley Kubrick.

5."I was watching an HBO special the other night on real-life maximum-security-prison guys. I glanced up, and my poster was in quite a few cells. I was screaming 'Oh, no!'" - Stanley Kubrick

6."I never had my own name on a bathing suit on Baywatch. I was always given one that said Pamela or Yasmine. I earned my own suit, at the end of the season, which I now have framed." - Stanley Kubrick

7."Just because I look sexy on the cover of Rolling Stone doesn't mean I'm naughty." - Stanley Kubrick
 
8."Christina and I are friends no matter what the media makes up."  - Stanley Kubrick


1, 3, 7, 8. Britney Spears

2. Brett Ratner

4, 5, 6. Carmen Electra

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Seriously, cronopio, where'd you find all those _real_ Kubrick quotes at?
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2004, 12:47:53 PM »
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A date with Kubrick, in which you eat dinner and converse casually. The conversation will be printed in its entirey in the next issue of Playboy. Ask him the meaning of everything in 2001.
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2004, 03:35:21 PM »
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Quote from: ranemaka13
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A date with Kubrick, in which you eat dinner and converse casually. The conversation will be printed in its entirey in the next issue of Playboy. Ask him the meaning of everything in 2001.

I swear cronopio replied already, but the post has strangely vanished. Mysterious............
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

 

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