...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...
...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...
...The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
This page is followed by a sheet of onionskin protecting a color illustration on slick paper. The overlay is turned to fully reveal the picture, done in the style of N. C. Wyeth:
From a low angle a husky...
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 –...
...White letters on a black screen:
A Serious ManEverything that happens to youRashi
Snowflakes Falling in Black
The flakes drift lazily down toward us. Our angle looks straight up.
Now an angle looking steeply down: the snow falls...
Yeah, I worked in a barbershop. But I never considered myself a barber …
We track back from a barber’s pole.
… I stumbled into it – well, married into it more precisely …
We track back from a shopkeeper’s bell triggered...
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