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Watch: 20-Minute 'Siskel & Ebert' Special On The Films & Career Of Stanley Kubrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 2:34 PM
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Stanley Kubrick
This week saw a couple of notable cinematic anniversaries: March 31st marked fifty years from they day Stanley Kubrick first penned a letter to Arthur C. Clarke for a collaboration that would eventually yield "2001: A Space Odyssey," and on a sadder note, today marks one year since the death of Roger Ebert. But here's a way to celebrate both filmmaker and critic.

Watch: Vintage 16-Minute Promo Reel For Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 2, 2014 10:44 AM
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Dr. Strangelove
This year not only marks the 15th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s passing but also the 50th anniversary of his peerless 1964 Cold War satire, “Dr. Strangelove.” What better way to celebrate the film than with a nearly twenty-minute little-seen promo reel for the film narrated by none other than the iconic auteur himself.

Watch: 11-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Stanley Kubrick On 15th Anniversary Of His Death

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 10:21 AM
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Stanley Kubrick
Fifteen years ago today, cinema lost one of its greatest innovators, imaginative storytellers and singular visionaries, when Stanley Kubrick passed away at the age 70. He had just completed what would be his final film, the erotic drama/fantasy "Eyes Wide Shut," and behind him was an untouchable body of work, with movies that changed the shape of the artform. So, how can we best pour one out for the cinematic titan?

20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

Watch: 45 Minute Making Of 'Dr. Strangelove' As Stanley Kubrick's Subversive Classic Turns 50 Years Old

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 5:36 PM
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Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick
Geez, we almost let the whole day go by forgetting to celebrate a birthday. Okay, not a birthday of someone we know, but a cinematic anniversary for a film whose comedy and satire is just as biting today as it ever was: "Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Watch: Montage Of Stanley Kubrick's Symmetrical One-Point Perspective Shots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 3:33 PM
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2001: A Space Odyssey
Coming on fifteen years after his death, not only do the films of Stanley Kubrick endure, but so too do the aesthetics. His compositions, choice of score and distinctive visual eye still inspire filmmakers and take the breath away from audiences, with his exacting perfection still unmatched. And this afternoon, we have a little montage that celebrates his quest to create the ultimate shot.

Listen: Rare 76-Minute Interview With Stanley Kubrick About His Start In Films, Nuclear War & Chess Strategies

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2013 1:40 PM
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Stanley Kubrick
To call the output, both realized and unmade, of Stanley Kubrick “vast” still somehow seems inexact, with every year since the filmmaker’s death in 1999 unearthing new scraps of information on discarded projects. And yet, as some of those ventures are now finding life in different forms (including an HBO miniseries of “Napoleon” with Baz Luhrmann in the mix to direct), it’s easy to forget the wry humor and personality of the man himself. Interviews with Kubrick are a rare occurrence, but now, through Kubrick’s love of chess, the stage was set for perhaps the most extensive and wide-ranging interview ever conducted with the director.

Baz Luhrmann Eyed To Direct Steven Spielberg-Produced & Former Stanley Kubrick Dream Project 'Napoleon' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 6:23 PM
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From Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, from the outback of "Australia" to the dizzying heights of "Moulin Rouge," whatever you can say about director Baz Luhrmann, lacking vision isn't one of them. And perhaps in a strange way, his operatic scale and readiness to work on a huge canvas makes total sense for this next gig.

Watch: 1.5 Hour Talk With Coen Brothers, Alec Baldwin & Carter Burwell About The Psychological Influence Of Movie Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2013 11:25 AM
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Art of The Score, Baldwin, Coens, Burwell
It's an interesting approach to a subject: a celebrated actor, two venerable filmmaking siblings, a lauded composer and a neuroscientist exploring the uniquely powerful role of music in determining the narrative design and the emotional impact of a film. Yep, at the “Art Of The Score,” a co-presentation of World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic, actor Alec Baldwin hosted a chat with the Coen brothers and their longtime composer Carter Burwell to discuss music, scores and perhaps more importantly, how it can shapes the emotional reaction and psychology of the brain.

The Playlist Team Picks Their 13 Scariest Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 12:19 PM
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Favorite horror movies
On the off chance you haven't literally tripped over a pumpkin in the last five minutes, we're here to remind you that tonight we celebrate the single greatest excuse ever invented to get trashed and wear skimpy clothing: Halloween. But of course, in addition to its status for some as a nationwide night of consequence-free hedonistic abandon, for others, Halloween has a deeper, more rarefied spiritual function: as a time to discover the limits of rationality; to test the boundaries of your relationship with the unknown and unknowable; in short, to scare yourself shitless.

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