Stanley Kubrick at LACMA: Worth the Trip to LAThursday, May 2nd, 2013
The Kubrick exhibit at LACMA is essential viewing for anyone who loves film; if you're a Kubrick fan you would be doing yourself a disservice by not hopping on the next LA bound plane. Sadly we didn't allot ourselves enough time to fully appreciate a showing of this magnitude, but since it runs until June 30th I'll be able to catch it again this month.
The exhibition details Kubrick's entire scope of work from his photographs for Look Magazine in the 40's through to his films in the 90's. The show is complete with set designs, scripts, cameras, costumes and props like this typewriter (below) from The Shining.
I took some time to sit and watch a snippet of The Shining; I haven't watched it since I was traumatized as a 7th grader when they screened it at my boarding school. I had to walk down a series of long dark hallways not dissimilar to those in the Overlook Hotel. To this day I can't look at bleeding walls without feeling uncomfortable.
Kubrick achieved the gorgeous candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon using a Nasa designed F0.7 Zeiss lens (2 stops faster than the existing lenses at the time) that was designed for satellite photography. Such a beautiful film to watch!
The wardrobe pieces were gorgeous.
Kubrick's notes on several films line a wall of the exhibit. You no longer have to wonder "what was he thinking?"
The war room from Dr. Strangelove in miniature. A tiny Peter Sellers would have made my day.
Of course no Kubrick exhibit is complete without some Clockwork Orange memorabilia. Unfortunately I wasn't able to try on Alex's bowler.
Until next time droogs,