29 April 2011

Stanley Kubrick - A Filmography

Stanley Kubrick was not a prolific film-maker but those that he did direct are some of the most influential movies ever made. If you are a fan of his work then you will love this. Martin Woutisseth has created an animated filmography (a brilliant idea in the first place but flawlessly executed here) of Kubrick’s films.

It begins with Kubrick’s own somewhat iconic self-portrait, taken in the forties and then visits each of the feature films that he created.  It does omit1953’s Fear and Desire, starting instead with 1955's Killer's Kiss, yet instead of a précis of plot or a video clip of each movie what you get is an alternative poster, sprung from Woutisseth’s imagination. You will then travel through the decades, taking in such classics as Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Spartacus and, of course, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It concludes with a later self-portrait, rounding off the journey extremely well. This is, altogether, a fantastic piece of animation and a wonderful homage to Kubrick.