Scriptwriter, producer and film director who worked with a wide range of film genres, Stanley Kubrick is the focus of this exhibition by the Deutsches Filmmusuem of Frankfurt, curated by Hans-Peter Reichmann and Tim Heptner. The exhibition has already been displayed in cities such as Los Angeles, Seoul, Mexico City and Paris.
Now it comes to Barcelona courtesy of the film critic and writer Jordi Costa, who has been tasked with adapting it for the CCCB. On this occasion, previously unseen content has been included, such as new material from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), storyboards for Barry Lyndon, unpublished interviews with actors and directors who worked with Kubrick and a biographical audio-visual installation by Manuel Huerga.
Over 600 items make up this journey from Kubrick’s beginnings as a producer of short documentaries, at the start of the 1950s, through to his last full-length film Eyes Wide Shut (1990). The items include forty audio-visual pieces; objects from his personal archives such as research and production documents, scripts, stills, tools, costumes, scale models, cameras and lenses; and correspondence with other figures from the world of film.
Kubrick’s meticulousness and demanding nature are well-known, as is his use of special effects and pictorial composition. The exhibition includes various materials he used in his work, such as hand and studio cameras, a Moviola editing table and a selection of camera lenses, including the ultra-fast Zeiss lens which was used for the candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon.
Iconic objects in the exhibition include the ‘Star Child’ and the man-ape costume from 2001: A Space Odyssey; the costumes for the twin girls and Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining; the helmet with the slogan ‘Born to Kill’ from Full Metal Jacket (1986) and the masks from Eyes Wide Shut.
The exhibition also includes some unrealised projects by Kubrick, such as Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, which were at an advanced stage in terms of research and the pre-production process.