I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movies; the tension and mood (even it is unpleasant), the strong and thoughtful compositions/framings and the storeys. He had a significant influence on the film history, and the movies I have seen made a great impact on me and had followed me during life, like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Space Odyssey and Dr Strangelove.
Right now Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand show Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition. All his movies are presented with clips, props, storyboards or other documentation, which gives a good overview of the filmmaker’s career. It was interesting to read that Kubrick had been very perfectionist and careful with his work and visual expression also in small details.
I was looking at what could support or inspire my master project. And since some of the movie cuts feel like part of my growing up it might be a kind of “subliminal” language for me. I’m thinking about the grotesque and senseless violence in A Clockwork Orange, the compressed and silent mood in A Space Odyssey and finally the ghosts from The Shining, how they appear like a natural layer of the reality even, they lived in another time. I’m still afraid of hotel hallways.
The digital and gradual changing voice trying to give an order. It is interesting how the tone of voice is personal and warm and scary at the same time. In this clip, HAL is singing, the voice is getting slower and slower and it sounds weird to hear this song in a spaceship, a bit creepy.
Another creepy thing is the twins who just want to play. It is uncertain whether there are visions or if they really are there. They have been there in the past in another time, and now like ghosts, they appear. We got two stories at the same time from the same location; one from the past and the current – two levels.
The human history it very elegant explained in one shot to another; a bone in the air and next a spaceship in space. Because of shapes and movements, it is easy to get the idea. It also reminds me of Eisenstein’s theories of montage.