Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Poster of the movie Stanley Kubrick- A Life in Pictures.jpg
Directed byJan Harlan
Produced byJan Harlan; Anthony (Tony) Frewin (assoc.)
Narrated byTom Cruise
CinematographyManuel Harlan
Edited byMelanie Viner Cuneo
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 2001 (2001)
Running time
142 min.
CountryUnited States

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures is a 2001 documentary about the life and work of Stanley Kubrick, famed film director, made by his long-time assistant and brother-in-law Jan Harlan. Its running time is 142 minutes long, it consists of several 15-minute chapters, each detailing the making of one of his films – and two more showing his childhood and life.[1]

Jan Harlan got many of Kubrick's collaborators for interviews, including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Keir Dullea, Arthur C. Clarke, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Ustinov, Jack Nicholson, György Ligeti and Matthew Modine. It also has interviews from film directors who were inspired by Kubrick such as Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Sydney Pollack.[2]

The film contains some rare footage, including from the Kubrick family home videos and on film sets, and clips from Fear and Desire - Kubrick's first feature-length film.[3]

It was released on DVD on October 23, 2007,[4] and was featured on the tenth disc of Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection and Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection DVD and Blu-ray released May 31, 2011, respectively. The documentary was also bundled in a box set of some of Kubrick's other films released January 22, 2008.

The soundtrack of the film is by composer and musician Jocelyn Pook, who had previously worked with Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut (1999).[5]


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