Screenwriter Profile: Stanley Kubrick

stanley-kubrick_1505797cThe Writer:

Stanley Kubrick is widely considered one of the best writers and directors of all time and is particularly respected for his ability to master an obscenely wide range of film genres. His films range from suspense (The Shining) to science fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey) to comedy (Dr. Strangelove). James Cameron has said of Kubrick, “I remember going with a great sense of anticipation to each new Stanley Kubrick film and thinking, ‘Can he pull it off and amaze me again?’ And he always did. The lesson I learnt from Kubrick was, ‘Never do the same thing twice’.”Credits:

Eyes Wide Shut (screenplay) – 1999

Full Metal Jacket (screenplay) – 1987

The Shining (screenplay) – 1980

Barry Lyndon (written for the screen by) – 1975

A Clockwork Orange (screenplay) – 1971

2001: A Space Odyssey (screenplay) – 1968

Lolita (uncredited) – 1962

Paths of Glory (screenplay) – 1957

The Killing (screenplay) – 1956

Killer’s Kiss (story) – 1955

Flying Padre: An RKO-Pathe Screenliner (documentary short) – 1951


A film is–or should be–more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.

Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write ‘War and Peace’ in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.

I would not think of quarreling with your interpretation nor offering any other, as I have found it always the best policy to allow the film to speak for itself.

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