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Stanley Kubrick Retrospective at LA County Museum of Art

Kubrick Exhibit Signage By Gail Worley

While I was in California over the Christmas holidays, I was fortunate to be able to check out the Stanley Kubrick Career Retrospective at LACMA – which was just amazing! I absolutely loved the exhibit and took a bunch of pictures, some of which I’ll share with you in this post.

As the museum’s website concisely describes the exhibit: “Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he re-conceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes and props.

Stanley Kubrick Movie Posters By Gail Worley
A Selection of Posters and Lobby Cards from Kubrick’s Films

In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.”

Below is a selection of my photos from the show, representative of an overview of the exhibit. Enjoy!

Miniature Boardroom Dr Strangelove By Gail Worley
Miniature Boardroom Set from Dr. Strangelove

Seating from 2001 A Space Odyssey By Gail Worley
Seating from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Production Stills at Rear of Gallery.

Kubrick 2001 Cutlery Props By Gail Worley
Custom Designed Futuristic Cutlery used in 2001.

Spaceship Model from 2001 By Gail Worley
Spaceship Model from 2001

2001 Miniature Model Set By Gail Worley

Above and Below, 2001 Miniature Model Set

2001 Miniature Model Set By Gail Worley

Kubrick Barry Lyndon Costumes By Gail Worley

Kubrick’s epic period drama, Barry Lyndon, is represented mostly by its lavish costumes. Barry Lyndon is a fantastic film if you have three hours to devote to a viewing.

Costume from Spartacus By Gail Wortley
Above and Below, Costume from Spartacus

Costume from Spartacus By Gail Worley

Korova Milk Bar Set By Gail Worley

Signage and Props from the Korovoa Milk Bar scene in A Clockwork Orange — My favorite movie of all time!

Droog Costume By Gail Worley

Droog Costume worn by Malcolm McDowell as Alex, A Clockwork Orange. Notice the skewed shadow of the baton against the wall.

Kubrick Clockwork Turntable By Gail Worley

Alex’s Turntable.  Trivia: the British band Heaven 17 took their name from the pre-orgy record store scene in this film.

Production Stills from The Shining By Gail Worley

The Shining Production Stills. Note the emphatic use of the color red, which Kubrick employed in each of his films to heighten the emotional impact of certain scenes.

Shining Twins Dresses By Gail Worley

The Shining’s Grady Sisters Dresses and Shoes

Eyes Wide Shit Masks By Gail Worley

Masks from Eyes Wide Shut

AI Set Rendering By Gail Worley

AI Set Rendering

Full Metal Jacket Helicopter By Gail Worley
Helicopter Model from Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick Runs Through June 30, 2013 in the Art of the Americas Building, Level 2 at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Admission to the Exhibit, which includes Admission to all Galleries, is $20.00.  

 

Must See Movie of The Week: The Hurt Locker

Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie Star in The Hurt Locker

This past Sunday, Geoffrey and I went to see the “Iraqi bomb squad” movie that everyone is talking about, The Hurt Locker. It’s taken me a couple of days to digest my thoughts, because “intense” is really not strong enough of a word to describe this movie-going experience. And I usually don’t like war movies – the exception being Full Metal Jacket – but I really liked The Hurt Locker, and wanted to blog about it, but was having trouble translating my thoughts into words. This morning I found a really fantastic review of the movie on, of all places, a financial newsletter I read daily at my office job. So I just decided to post that and credit the source, because it’s a really excellent movie and, review-wise, I really couldn’t do any better than this. Review courtesy of Here Is The City.

If your idea of a great night at the movies is biting your fingernails for two hours, The Hurt Locker might just offer the best value for your cinema admission fee. War movies are usually not a barrel of laughs, and The Hurt Locker is not a game changer in this matter. Being the story of a bomb squad stationed in Baghdad, it follows a group American soldiers who are on call for suspiciously parked cars, suicide bombers or pretty much anything found with wires attached to it. Even if you think that yours is the worst job in the world, it will take little persuasion to realize that being a bomb technician in Iraq beats most other professions hands down.

The Hurt Locker throws us straight into the action. Literally from the first scene, we are brutally exposed to what it feels like to be part of a squad that has to fear for their lives wherever they go. The nowadays so common shaky camera is used – not gratuitously however – to make us feel like we’re in the middle of the proceedings. And it works a trick as you are biting your nails from the opening credits until the very end.

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