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Kubrick in Ireland: the making of Barry Lyndon

by Paul Whitington.


Stanley Kubrick was born in The Bronx on July 26, 1928: his parents were Jewish, and his father, Jack, was a doctor. As a child, he was bookish, and though his intelligence was obvious, he did not excel in school. When he was 13, his father bought him a Graflex camera. Stanley quickly become obsessed with still photography, and was just 16 when he had his first photo published in Look magazine. By the end of the 1940s, he was making his name as a talented freelance photographer, but was already becoming distracted by film-making.

He’d loved movies since his childhood, and after experimenting with short films, made his first feature, Fear and Desire, in 1953. Kubrick would later be embarrassed by its amateurism, but he learnt fast. His taut 1956 crime drama The Killing is considered one of the great films noir, and in 1957, his potential was gloriously realised in the brilliant WW1 saga, Paths of Glory. After that, Stanley had the pick of scripts, and was hired by Kirk Douglas to direct Spartacus. But that experience put him off Hollywood for good, and in 1962, he fled to England and stayed there.

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