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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

TV writer and essayist Jon Ronson was given quite an opportunity after Stanley Kubrick’s death; he was allowed to go through the renowned American director’s “boxes”---decades worth of intense research material Kubrick collected (and never got rid of) for all his projects, kept meticulously organized at his English estate. The boxes contain everything from photo stills of doors, architecture, and possible droog hats to fan mail, both praising and cranky, organized by city of origin (!). Ronson has now made a fifty-minute documentary musing about the four five years he spent going through the boxes. The end result both illuminates and enhances the enigma that was Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy.



PS I recommend reading Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is a romp through the history of the American military's obsession with the paranormal.

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