Never-before-published behind-the-scenes photo of actor Jack Nicholson posed for his final moment frozen in the snow. This side angle reveals the crude bracing system of wood and styrofoam that was built to hold Nicholson as still as possible for the lengthy shot.
STANLEY KUBRICK’S NEW YORK CITY
Stanley Kubrick may have spent most of his career wresting extraordinary worlds from studio sets, but anyone familiar with Killer’s Kiss can attest to the fact that he loved to photograph NYC in the wild. in fact, his affinity for the buzz of the big city preceded his career as a director of feature-length films, and his photographs of the urban jungle were so impressive that, in 1945, Look Magazine hired Kubrick as their youngest staff photographer on record.
looking at the otherworldly drama of these photographs… their precise geometry and evocative shadows… it’s not hard to imagine the young Kubrick honing his craft with stills before setting his talents in motion.
okay, here’s the really exciting bit: The Museum of the City of New York is selling prints of 25 of Kubrick’s photos, culled from a roster of over 10,000. prices range from $250 to $2,500, depending on size, but if you were looking for the perfect holiday gift for the cinephile in your family… yeah. incidentally, if you were looking for the perfect holiday gift for the blogger on your tumblr feed… ‘sup?
now to go find the staircase where that photo of the encumbered girl was taken… i know it’s around here somewhere…
My most profound epiphany in cinema is the moment in “2001: A Space Odyssey” when the planets align with the monolith in some galactic equation. The sense of cosmic order floors me every time. But just as Kubrick inspires awe with his harmonic compositions, he can equally instil terror. The most chilling aspect of “The Shining” is the blunt symmetry of endless corridors and patterned carpets. A shot of an empty hall and a lone, red door disturbs you even before the blood starts to flow. ‘It is these graphic images that keep me coming back. I was underwhelmed when I first saw “The Shining”. Perhaps I wanted the detail and the closure of the novel. But its eccentricity and ambiguity gnawed at me and forced me to re-watch. Its shattering images haunt me to this day.