Monitor: All the News of the World - Stanley Kubrick's Death
The world's press pays tribute to film-maker Stanley Kubrick following his unexpected death aged 70
Saturday 13 March 1999
MR KUBRICK distrusted authority to the point where he moved to England in the early 1960s and made his maverick films according to his own schedule. The irony is that he ultimately became the sort of autocratic figure that his films might have skewered. On the set, he was known as a tyrant who insisted on countless retakes and revisions in his quest for celluloid perfection. Mr Kubrick may have been autocratic, but his demanding personality created landmark films, and images that will remain etched in our memory.
Sydney Morning HErald
A LARGE part of his legacy will rest on its reception. But even if it's great, Kubrick will represent an enigma wrapped inside a riddle inserted in a can of film. His successes were few but so genuine that they intimidated Hollywood into giving him unprecedented control over his projects, which the studios seemed grateful to release and terrified to tinker with. In the end, his greatest triumph was a triumph of the will.
The Stuart News
TWO FACTS especially stand out about Kubrick. One is that he was not afraid of ideas, and the other is his cinematic inventiveness. Unlike some of today's directors, Kubrick was not shocking for the sake of being shocking, and never bland. He was a serious man doing serious work, and the images he wrought will surely remain alive in the minds of millions for many years.
KUBRICK MADE movies that drew critical and popular praise, despite stories that were innately disturbing. Artists like Kubrick make their mark and serve their higher purpose by challenging the established order. Yet, who needs the arts to question the establishment when the establishment itself is so cockeyed? When the nation is obliged to reconsider the meaning of presidential sex to the sex of a Teletubby, then the Kubrickian take on life is not just a disturbing vision, but a disturbing reality.
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