26 Jul 2018

On This Day

Today marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

Born in New York, Kubrick developed a fascination with film and photography in childhood, and made his first film, Day of the Flight, in 1951. He began to achieve widespread commercial success in the Sixties through his work including Spartacus (1960) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), a dark satirical take on the Cold War starring Peter Sellers.

Kubrick went on to make films including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980). His films were renowned for generating a polarised response from the public –  A Clockwork Orange was particularly controversial, with Kubrick himself requesting the film be withdrawn from British release in 1973.

Kubrick’s films are defined by their distinctive cinematography,  and incredible attention to detail. He is considered one of the most influential directors in cinematic history.