26 January 2011
The legendary Stanley Kubrick was famed for his unique vision in his films, slick directing and pushing boundaries, with such memorable cult works as 2001, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, Spartacus, Dr Strangelove, Paths of Glory and of course the British cult classic A Clockwork Orange. A perfectionist, methodical, groundbreaking, meticulous attention to detail, slow but certain production, and obsessive in his work, away from the camera he was perceived as a bit of an eccentric, a recluse even, choosing to remain very private behind the scenes.
With that in mind, many of his finished works became just that, finished. There's many tales that once filming had wrapped any left over unused and unedited scenes, outtakes and prints cut from the films were pulped or incinerated at Kubrick's request, photographs, publicity stills and boxes of useful information remained a mystery, let's not forget dvds and their 'special features' were not even conceived in them days, never mind new found fans who demand much more content and of course more modern day hype - more product.
The 1971 cult British film A Clockwork Orange, which was withdrawn for decades until several years ago, granted a mainstream release after Kubrick's death in 1999, the film was largely only ever seen by a generation on crap quality third hand Betamax copies, and later foreign imports with fixed subtitiles, first time I saw it was on a Dutch copy which seemed a little scary after all the hype and hysteria to my young impressionable eyes. The posters, stills and action scenes were pretty paltry, always the same old, same old. Luckily enough, not everything remained a mystery, from the Kubrick archives - here's a great selection of seldom seen imagery from behind the camera, from outtakes to deleted scenes, props and publicity stills.
Above; Stanley Kubrick and Malcolm McDowell taking five minutes on location at Trinity Road subway, Wandsworth, a different version of a more infamous shot.
A still from an unseen deleted scene in the 'Duke of New York' pub aka The Rainbow Bar, 1971.
Two stills from another unused and unseen deleted scene which goes by the tag 'a Mackeral of a cornflake'. In the original novel.
Posted by One-up at 19:25