2001: A Space Odyssey (G)
Appearing on virtually every "Top 10 Directors of All Time" lists in publications ranging from NEWSWEEK to FILMSITE, Stanley Kubrick follows only Spielberg, Scorsese and Hitchcock in IMDB's rankings of the greatest directors in film history, with Kubrick's four movies in AFI's "Top 100 Films" of all time giving him more than anyone else other than Spielberg (five).
The Esquire's second annual "Stanley Kubrick Film Series" launches with one of those four, his landmark science fiction epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the July 1969 first moon landing. Released the year before Apollo 11 and nearly a decade before STAR WARS, Kubrick's masterpiece set the standard for space operas, both with its groundbreaking special effects and its sophisticated narrative about man's place in the universe.
The following week in July is Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON from 1975, his adaptation of Thackeray's 1884 picaresque novel into what has been called one of the most visually stunning movies ever made (and winner of the "Best Cinematography" Oscar). Kubrick invented new lens processes to film many scenes in natural candlelight as part of a magnificent overall visual design that appears on screen like classical paintings.
The next film for Kubrick was THE SHINING from 1980, one of the most analyzed and discussed entries in the horror genre in film history. Adapted from Stephen King's novel, THE SHINING features a memorable performance and lines from Jack Nicholson ("Heeeerrre's Johnny") while dancing around the question of whether these ghosts are real or "all in the head."
For each of these three screenings, film historian and professor Joe Horine will introduce Kubrick’s work and lead and Q&A after the screenings.
As an "extra bonus," the Esquire has multiple July screenings of Kubrick's final film, EYES WIDE SHUT, as part of the 40th anniversary of 1999 classic films. A racy and controversial cap to the master director's career, EYES WIDE SHUT stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were married at the time, as a doctor and his wife who explore sexual fantasies that lead to potential trouble.
Wednesday, July 17
2 hr. 19 min.
Opens July 17th, 2019