Stanley Kubrick retrospective opens at LACMA

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Maya Sugarman

The first U.S. retrospective of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick opens today at LACMA in the Art of Americas Building. The exhibition comes from Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, where it was organized.

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Viewers look at posters for Kubrick's films in the entrance to the exhibit. Kubrick is known for films such as "A Clockwork Orange," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Eyes Wide Shut."

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The documentary, "Unfolding the Aryan Papers,” by Jane and Louise Wilson is screened in a section dedicated to the work never completed by Kubrick.

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Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and director Stanley Kubrick take a break on the set of "Eyes Wide Shut" in 1999.

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Director Stanley Kubrick, left, and Sue Lyon work on the set of "Lolita"

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The show includes props, costumes, and scripts from Kubrick's films. Seen here is a set model for the Baroque Room from "2001: A Space Odyssey."


The first U.S. retrospective of the late film innovator Stanley Kubrick is open at LACMA through June 30.

Visitors will be able to see annotated scripts, set models, props, and costumes from Kubrick’s films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange, and “The Shining.”

Behind-the-scenes stills of Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators - like famed crime photographer Weegee's (Arthur Felig's) images of Kubrick and actor Peter Sellers - will offer museum-goers a glimpse onto his movie sets.

The exhibition also examines works that never came to fruition, including “The Aryan Papers,” a film about the Holocaust.

Experiencing the show is much like entering Kubrick's mind through catalogues of scribbled notes, unpublished works, and shelves of books and research.

LACMA has partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring the exhibition to Southern California from the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, where the show originated.

Assistant Curator Jarrett Gregory explained that LACMA is investing more in the intersections between art and film, mentioning last year’s Tim Burton exhibit and Christian Marclay’s 24-hour installation “The Clock.”

“There are so many contemporary artists who are influenced by film,”  Gregory said of Stanley Kubrick. “It’s also important I think to look the other way, at more commercial filmmakers who are looking at art, and explore that dialogue.”

To coincide with the LACMA exhibit, the motion picture academy will present a Salute to Stanley Kubrick at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 7. It'll include recollections from Kubrick’s friends and colleagues.

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