|Kubrick learned all there|
was to know about film making
all in an effort to save a buck.
|Early Kubrick, early Douglas.|
Kubrick reprised his one-man-band act in making his first feature film Fear and Desire (1953), a war film in which Kubrick and his wife comprised the entire crew. As in the case of most first films, it was not a success at the box-office and Kubrick was forever embarrassed by what he termed a "bumbling and boring" first effort. However the film demonstrated his interests in the conflict between rational and irrational elements in warfare planning that were to show up in later films, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, and Full Metal Jacket. By the mid-1950s, Kubrick was making low-budget feature films with a full crew and rising young actors like Sterling Heyden (the Killing) and Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory), a WW I anti-war film where he demonstrated for the first time his trademark long tracking shot.
|Kubrick found himself in the awkward position|
of working for the star of his film. Kirk Douglas
owned the movie rights to Spartacus.
|Kubrick discovered Peter Sellers|
and Sue Lyon. Lolita made them stars.
|Despite the outstanding performance|
of Peter Sellers in three roles, it was
this iconic image of Slim Pickins wildly
riding an H-bomb to his death which
has become forever associate with
|Irony has always been Kubrick's stock|
in trade and never more so than in
2001: a Space Odyssey in which the
stunning visuals and a computer
named HAL 9000 upstaged the actors.