Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stanley Kubrick at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Musum (CJM) is presenting a comprehensive and thoughtful look at Kubrick’s work, one of the most significant filmmakers of the last 100 years. It’s a real “this is your life” Stanley from his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, his 1953 debut, "Fear and Desire” film noir, to his last rather incoherent work with Tom Cruise (given Cruise’s bizarre "religion" and control freak nature, how much of the film’s miss steps are Kubrick and how much Cruise would be a good master’s thesis).

Photo Credit: Melanie Samay
Approximately 800 objects are on view, including annotated screenplays, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. Famous items include the little dresses of the sisters from The Shining, the survival kit from Dr. Strangelove, and the ‘Born to kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and a model of the centrifuge from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are missives and memos, letters of complaint and production budgets, storyboards scribbled on whatever was to hand. Each film has an area, with visual and audio installations as well as props and costumes, including the togas from Spartacus and the 18th century costumes from Barry Lyndon.

These objects and more are part of “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition,” which opened at CJM on Thursday, June 30, and will continue through Oct. 30, a show that occupies the museum’s entire second floor.

Among the exhibition’s sections is one on the film “The Aryan Papers,” a Holocaust drama that came so close to being made that Kubrick cast Dutch actress Johanna Ter Steege in the leading role. But the film — which he researched for two decades — was never made.

In an interview with Pam Grady at SF Gate, director Lori Star remarked on 2001, A Space Odyssey. “Scholars are calling "2001" his most Jewish film, and we’re asking scholars to tell us what’s Jewish about it, and we’re asking the public to tell us what’s Jewish about it,” Starr says. “I’ll just say that Stanley Kubrick called it his most Jewish film. We know two things: He was fascinated by the concept of the unknowable and how Jews don’t say the name of God, don’t even write it.” The CJM notes Kubrick’s connections to Jewish culture and concerns, from his upbringing in a middle-class Jewish home, to his interest in Jewish intellectual writers as a young man, to characterizations in his films, from Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus” and “Paths of Glory” to Peter Sellers in “Lolita” and “Dr. Strangelove.”

The museum has partnered with both the YBCA, the Alamo Cinema and the SF Symphony to present Kubrick films and related programs.

Related programs at the CJM:

Free First Tuesday Documentary: Color Me Kubrick
August 02, 2016 @ 01:00PM
Lectures + Gallery Talks: Stanley Kubrick, Futurist
August 11, 2016 @ 06:30PM
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Gallery Chats: Rodney Hill on A Clockwork Orange
August 12, 2016 @ 12:30PM
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Gallery Chats: Geeta Dayal on Electronic Sound in Kubrick Films
September 09, 2016 @ 12:30PM
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Gallery Chats: Jamie Metzl on Futurism and Kubrick
October 14, 2016 @ 12:30PM
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Gallery Chats: Rabbi Aubrey Glazer on the Kabalistic poetry of Kubrick
October 28, 2016 @ 12:30PM
Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Closes
October 30, 2016 @ 05:00PM

Kubrick in Black and White at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Spotlighting the early and mid-career of Kubrick, we see the artist evolve from a highly skilled, street-level photographer to the brilliant, meticulous creator of some of the most ambitious and powerful films in cinema history. CJM Members receive a special discount to YBCA screenings.

Thursday, Jul 21, 7:30pm | Fear and Desire (+ short films) (1953, 35mm, 62 min.)
Saturday, Jul 23, 7:30pm | Killer’s Kiss (1955, 35mm, 67min)
Sunday, Jul 24, 2pm & 4pm | Fear and Desire (+ short films) & Killer's Kiss (1953, 35mm, 62 min.) and (1955, 35mm, 67min)
Thursday, Jul 28, 7:30pm | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, 35mm, 95 min.)
Saturday, Jul 30, 7:30pm | Lolita (1962, 35mm, 95min.)
Sunday, Jul 31, 2pm & 5pm | Lolita & Dr. Strangelove (1962, 35mm, 95min.) and (1964, 35mm, 95 min.)

See for tickets and details.

Kubrick in color at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Picking up the baton from the YBCA’s Kubrick in Black and White series, the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission focuses on Kubrick’s career from 1968 to 1999.
Learn More:
Saturday, Aug 13 | The Shining (1980, 144min.)
Wednesday, Aug 31 | Eyes Wide Shut (1999, 159min.)
Sunday, Sep 4 | Barry Lyndon (1975, 187min.)
Wednesday, Sep 7 | Full Metal Jacket (1987, 116min.)
Sunday, Sep 18 | 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, 142min.)
Saturday, Sep 24 | A Clockwork Orange (1971, 136min.)

The San Francisco Symphony Presents 2001: A Space Odyssey
The San Francisco Symphony Presents 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, 142min.)
Feature film with the score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony. 
Learn More>>
Thursday, Oct 13 | 8pm
Friday, Oct 14 | 8pm 
Saturday, Oct 15 | 8pm
See for tickets and details.

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