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10 Facts About Stanley Kubrick

In honor of Stanley Kubrick’s birthday on July 26th, here are 10 facts about one of the greatest directors of all time.

1. Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx.

2. After his second failed marriage he permanently moved to England.

3. Kubrick supposedly refused to talk about his movies on set and never watched them once they were completed.

4. Although he had a pilot’s license, he was known to be extremely afraid of flying.

5. Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) was the only author that Kubrick had a personal relationship with, despite the fact that most of his films were adaptations.

6. He loved cats – at one point owning 16.

7. He believed that The Godfather was the greatest film ever made.

8. In his 48 year career he made 16 films.

9. He loved Woody Woodpecker so much that he wanted to feature the cartoon in every film he ever made, but Woody Woodpecker’s creator, Walter Lantz, refused.

10. Kubrick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four consecutive times for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb2001: A Space OdysseyA Clockwork Orange, and Barry Lyndon, though he never won.

Information for this post was gathered from IMDb.com

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What’s your favorite Stanley Kubrick film?

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6 Comments

  1. I think my favourite May have to be The Shining. Scary with awesome performances from Nicholson and Duvall.

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  2. David Aaron says

    Out of the three Kubrick films I’ve seen (Dr. Strangelove, 2001, and The Shining) 2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favorite.

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  3. Austin says

    With all due respect, Kubrick collaborated with author Diane Johnson on the screenplay for The Shining. Vladimir Nabokov wrote a draft of the screenplay for Lolita, but Kubrick and producer James B. Harris rewrote it. However, the Writers Guild of America decided that Nabokov would receive sole credit and as a result, Kubrick’s work as screenwriter is uncredited.

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    • You’re right – rather than “professional” #5 was meant to say “personal”. I’ve changed it, so thanks for the catch. Arthur C. Clarke is, however, supposedly the only author that Kubrick had a personal relationship with.

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