Watch: Will You Watch This Homage to Stanley Kubrick?

Watch: Will You Watch This Homage to Stanley Kubrick?

The chances are good that the answer to the question above is "yes." Why is this the case? I’m not suggesting, in the slightest, that you shouldn’t watch this homage to Stanley Kubrick by Gabriel Fasano. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have posted it; it’s excellently edited, and it reminds us that within the body of work of a director such as Kubrick, the surprises will last an eternity. The term "mystery" shouldn’t be used too loosely: I don’t mean that films such as A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, or Eyes Wide Shut are puzzling movies, because they’re not, really. An entire film was devoted to the supposed "mysteries" of The Shining, as if there were a simple solution to them, but that film did more harm than good to Kubrick studies. Kubrick causes a Pavlovian reaction in his fans because the mystery lies elsewhere; the director leaves those sensitive enough to be interested in his artistic methods in the dark about them, so that they will watch him over and over again, almost Quixotically, hoping to find an answer that may not exist–but whose non-existence does not diminish the size of the question.

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