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Screenings: S Is for Stanley (2016)

October 14th, 2017 · No Comments

[streaming, Netflix]

This isn’t a critical appraisal of Kubrick’s work, but a character portrait – told roughly in chronology – through the eyes of his personal assistant/chauffeur. The all-consuming self-focus of Kubrick’s personality is on full display here, yet the interactions have an intimate charm when told from the perspective of this humble, seemingly honest employee. Fascination lies in the small details, as when Kubrick tasks Emilio (the assistant) to locate a candlemaker who can keep the BARRY LYNDON production in full supply for at least two years, or Kubrick inserting Emilio’s name into the EYES WIDE SHUT set in a gesture of personal tribute.


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