LACMA and The Academy are co-presenting the Stanley Kubrick retrospective Nov. 1 to June 30, 2013. Meanwhile, Warner Home Video has released a dazzling Full Metal Jacket 25th anniversary Blu-ray set.
The third time is the charm for Kubrick’s penultimate movie about the horrors of Vietnam on Blu-ray. His fascination with the dehumanization process makes a nice companion piece to Paths of Glory. Aside from the informative 44-page book and bonus DVD containing the 60-minute doc, Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, new features include a note from Matthew Modine, photos from his Full Metal Jacket Diary, and info about the newly launched companion iPad app.
The retrospective delves deeply into Kubrick’s films with a thoughtful selection of archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials, and props. The interdisciplinary exhibition draws attention to Kubrick’s fixation with historical research and his visionary adaptations of influences from the fine arts, design, and architecture, and enables visitors to experience the cinematic journey of one of the great artists of the 20th century. The exhibition also includes sections dedicated to projects that were never completed, as well as to the special effects (visual and auditory) developed by Kubrick and his team. The exhibition also includes an alternate beginning to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“By featuring this legendary filmmaker and his oeuvre in his first retrospective within the context of an art museum, Stanley Kubrick will reevaluate how we define the artist in 21st century, and simultaneously expand upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film,” said Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg director of LACMA.
“Stanley Kubrick represents the perfect opportunity to collaborate with LACMA on the presentation of film in a museum setting,” added Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “It is a taste of things to come when we open the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the historic Wilshire May Company building on the LACMA campus.”
Hawk Koch, Academy president, said “This is a major step in the Academy’s plan to create a premier movie museum in Los Angeles. We are pleased to co-present this retrospective with LACMA which will provide visitors the opportunity to experience Kubrick’s iconic work as well as his influence on our culture.”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a film retrospective at LACMA’s Bing Theater beginning in November, as well as public programs and conversations with Kubrick’s collaborators and people he influenced, and additional exhibition-related film series planned for spring 2013. As part of this partnership, and to kick off the film retrospective, on Nov. 7, the Academy will present “An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick.” The evening will feature film clips and a conversation hosted by actor Malcolm McDowell. Special guests will include Kubrick’s colleagues and collaborators. The event will also launch the Academy’s Kubrick exhibition, which will be open to the public through February 2013. Featuring items from the Academy’s permanent collection, the exhibition will illuminate the work of Kubrick’s collaborators, as well as the many artists who influenced Kubrick’s work. The salute and exhibition will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Golden Theater and Grand Lobby in Beverly Hills, respectively.