Archive for June, 2010

KUBRICK EXHIBITION

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 by kubrickblog

The Museum of St Albans and the University of Hertfordshire have teamed up to offer you a summer of film with exhibition, talks, activities and screenings in St Albans and Hatfield.

With support from the Kubrick Estate and the University of the Arts:

Kubrick: A Film Makers Odyssey
An exhibition at the Museum of St Albans
Friday 2 April – Sunday 5 September
Free Admission
Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm.

This exhibition uses material from the Kubrick Archive to look at how Stanley Kubrick worked and the different processes involved in film making. Scriptwriting, lighting, cinematography and editing are discussed, showing the detailed research, dedication and visual artistry Kubrick brought to each of his films… more

St Albans City & District Council – Kubrick Season April – September 2010

MUSIC IN 2001: SPACE ODYSSEY

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 by kubrickblog

The film is, of course, a visual triumph, brimming with astonishing special effects that have still not been bettered 42 years on. However, Kubrick’s choice of music is just as visionary. The opening Also sprach Zarathustra heralds the cosmic events about to unfold with brooding, spine-tingling brilliance; then there’s the inspired use of The Blue Danube to accompany shots of waltzing spacecraft.

Best of all, though, is the Khachaturian Adagio, which comes as the film’s third and final act begins.

The spaceship-leviathan Discovery One is heading for Jupiter (which may, it seems, harbour the secret of extraterrestrial intelligence), and the Adagio plays as astronaut Frank Poole exercises in what is, in effect, a giant hamster wheel.

On the one hand, the scene depicts the mundane daily routine of a journey that has already taken many months; on the other, it is shot with mind-boggling ingenuity as Poole and a fellow crew member appear to move about, MC Escher-style, on opposing spatial planes. And the music underscores wonderfully the strangeness of their environment.

It is the sound of gorgeous melancholy, the strings surging and ebbing with an ethereal delicacy, evoking an exquisite sense of solitude and desolation as the ship drifts majestically through the vast interplanetary emptiness. It’s hard to imagine a more oddly appropriate piece of music, one so perfectly weightless and chillingly enchanting…../ more

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