I was excited to see the Stanley Kubrick retrospective not only because I like his films, but because I knew examining his work from an art perspective would be really interesting. The composition in his films is so strong, I think many frames from his films could be an exhibit all on their own. That’s why the beginning was especially interesting. It showed Kubrick’s background as a photographer working for Look magazine. Composing images must have been an innate gift for Kubrick. Even as a teen, his photos were really strong. The intro also displayed cameras Kubrick preferred, both as a photographer and filmmaker.
One of the standouts was the 2001: A Space Odyssey segment. Just saying attendees get to see what went into making Kubrick’s greatest visionary achievement is an understatement. Looking at the set blueprints, custom-made futuristic props, set models and costume designs–we see how Kubrick and his team created an entirely new futuristic world.
All of which took its toll on the director.
Another highlight for me was seeing production elements from The Shining. This film still scares me and I have to admit I was a little unnerved just being around the costumes, designs and models. The exhibit really does capture the unsettling mood of the film.
Here are a few more shots from the exhibit, but I don’t want to give too much away. There is plenty more to see and you should definitely check it out!
Find out more on LACMA’s website.