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Watch: Beautifully Crafted Tribute Celebrates Stanley Kubrick’s Films

by Michael Scrutchin Posted: 09-11-15 | 2 years ago
Jack Nicholson in The Shining
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Jack Nicholson in The Shining

During his nearly 50-year career making movies, the late Stanley Kubrick directed a modest 13 feature-length films, from Fear and Desire in 1953 to Eyes Wide Shut in 1999. In between he made movies in variety of genres—film noir (Killer’s Kiss, The Killing), war movies (Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket), period epics (Spartacus, Barry Lyndon), black comedies (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove), science fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange), and horror (The Shining)—all distinctly Kubrick.

“A film is—or should be—more like music than like fiction,” Kubrick is widely quoted as saying. “It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

Vimeo user somersetVII seems to have taken that quote to heart when editing his fantastic tribute to Kubrick, which has been making the rounds in film-geek circles on Twitter. The seven-minute video features clips from all of Kubrick’s movies (except maybe his little-seen debut, Fear and Desire), exquisitely edited to the tune of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, starting slow and building to an intense crescendo of images and sound.

Is it worth seven minutes of your time? Hell yes.

Michael Scrutchin

Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.

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