...Classic “auteur” criticism has had a tough time dealing with Stanley Kubrick, who, unlike Hitchcock, Hawks, Ford, and others, essentially “never made the same film twice.” That is, it is difficult to spot prima facie connections between...
...House at Night
We are looking – through the rain-pelted windshield of a parked car – at a small, Spanish-style bungalow. The rattle of driving rain does not quite cover the sound from inside the house of drunken female laughter...
...A Whiskey Tumbler
It sits on an oak bar under a glowing green banker’s lamp. Two ice cubes are dropped in. From elsewhere in the room:
ManoffI’m talkin’ about friendship. I’m talkin’ about character. I’m talkin’ about – hell, Leo, I ain’t...
It is late; the supermarket is all but deserted. We are tracking in on a fortyish man in Bermuda shorts and sunglasses at the dairy case. He is the Dude. His rumpled look and relaxed manner suggest a man in whom casualness runs...
An opening voice-over plays against dissolving Texas landscapes – broad, bare, and lifeless.
The world is full of complainers. But the fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. I don’t care if you’re the Pope of Rome,...
...Flare to White
FADE IN FROM WHITE
Slowly the white becomes a barely perceptible image: white particles wave over a white background. A snowfall.
A car bursts through the curtain of snow.
The car is equipped with a hitch and is towing...
...On Barton Fink
He is a bespectacled man in his thirties, hale but somewhat bookish. He stands, tuxedoed, in the wings of a theater, looking out at the stage, listening intently to the end of a performance.
In the shadows behind him an old...
A man in shades.
His sunglasses and the windshield of the car he drives reflect palm trees flashing by on either side. He is well dressed, in his early forties, with a little rat ponytail.
He slows in front of a swank Beverly Hills...
...Rarely thought of as a Jewish director (whatever that may mean), Kubrick never denied his ethnicity but neither did he follow any religion. His parents, Jacques and Gertrude (née Perveler), were both Jewish, but they did not practice much...
We are close on the leering face of a demon carved in stone.
Head credits play as we pull slowly back. Our move ends framed low to put the gargoyle against an overcast sky. A large black bird alights upon it as other birds –...
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