2011 will be the year of Stanley Kubrick. Forty years after the release of A Clockwork Orange, the Festival de Cannes will present the restored print of the movie next May within the framework of Cannes Classics, in the presence of his cult actor, Malcolm Mc Dowell. The one who interpreted Alex Delarge in 1971, will also return on his career during an Actor’s Masterclass.
Kubrick is also put in the honor by the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, which dedicates an exhibition to the director from March 23rd till July 31st, 2011. This Stanley Kubrick exhibition will be the biggest ever to focus on a single film director: thousands of archive items occupying two floors and spanning an area of some 1,000m² will trace the entire career of this great master of cinema. The exhibition’s chronological layout will allow visitors to explore Kubrick’s different film universes and trace the evolution of his work from his first short films right up until his last film, Eyes Wide Shut. Visitors will experience genres ranging from sword-and-sandal epics to horror films, as well as discovering prints from Kubrick’s early days as a press photographer. Fans of this film pioneer will also get to see the monkey costumes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, that mythical axe wielded by Jack Nicholson in The Shining, scripts, film sets, photos taken on location and even letters from fans. They will also get the chance to listen to some of the most memorable music from his filmography – something that will help to evoke the singular atmosphere in his films. Tying in with the exhibition, a complete retrospective, conferences and round tables all focusing on Stanley Kubrick’s work will be on offer until 25th May.
The exhibition, which acts as a veritable tribute to Kubrick’s technical prowess, painstaking work and search for perfection, will enable visitors to make sense of the sheer range and diversity of themes explored by this visionary who was provocative sometimes, weird at other times, but always fascinating.
> You can find out more about the exhibition at: www.cinematheque.fr