JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OBSERVATIONS ON THE FILM 2001 REACHING 50 YEARS OLD – WHY STANLEY KUBRICK ITS GREAT DIRECTOR WAS NOT LIKED BY THE AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

“How we made 2001”

2001 remains a remarkable film, but then Kubrick was a remarkably talented man.

Close to everything about the film is flawless, especially the casting. Very convincing set of actors, including, as it does, actors who would be regarded as “relatively unknown.”

Keir Dullea was so perfect for his role. His looks, his voice, his manner all suited beautifully. The scenes near the end in which he rapidly ages are still quite gripping, too.

His assumed-unheard discussion in the space pod with Gary Lockwood is just great scene.

It is interesting that, although he appeared in other pictures, Dullea never became a became a more familiar screen presence.

Kubrick, I think in part because of his intense attention to details (such as doing his own editing), made a fairly small number of films, all worth seeing but not all as enduring as 2001 or his early, wonderful anti-war film, Paths of Glory, the best thing Kirk Douglas ever did and again a film with the most exquisitely suited casting.

Kubrick’s strong anti-war feelings left him as not an overly popular figure in American establishment circles.

I noted that on his death, the New York Times – called, accurately, the official house organ for America’s establishment – did a much less impressive obituary for him than it did for Akira Kurosawa, Kubrick being as great a figure, in my view, as Kurosawa.

Posted March 14, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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