By Arun Fulara. Posted on November 17, 2015
'If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed' are the words of one of the most influential filmmakers of all times - Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick's films like The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange have achieved the status of classics that make it to the top of every cinema lover's list.
A perfectionist, who was keen on having artistic control over each and every aspect of his films, Kubrick didn't only produce several masterpieces, he also turned out to be a source of inspiration for many filmmakers. Leading directors like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott are few of those who've have cited Kubrick as a source of inspiration.
One of the most celebrated directors ever, Steven Spielberg has been a huge fan of Kubrick. In an interview for the Eyes Wide Shut DVD release, Steven Spielberg commented "nobody could shoot a picture better than Stanley Kubrick in history". This video below is another example of the feelings Spielberg had for Kubrick. This was a part of the tribute he paid to Kubrick at the 1999 Oscars, a short while after the demise of the master filmmaker. A short but powerful elegy to the man who took us far into distant galaxies while simultaneously making us peer deep into our own hearts.
He wanted to take us places we could never have imagined, and so he imagined them for us.
He is Stanley Kubrick.
He died before he could witness the century he had already made famous with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Stanley wanted us to see his movies absolutely as he envisioned them. He never gave an inch on that.
He dared us to have the courage of his convictions, and when we take that dare we’re transported directly to his world and we’re inside his vision.
And, in the whole history of movies there’s been nothing like that vision… ever. It was a vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery.
It was a gift to us, and now it’s a legacy.
We will be challenged and nourished by that as long as we keep the courage to take his dare, and I hope that will be long after we’ve said our thanks and our goodbyes.
You can also watch this video here on Youtube that has Spielberg talk in detail about Kubrick, his cinema & the impact it had on him.