Stanley Kubrick, circa 1970s

"Even in a century when film directors fashioned images as strong-willed visionaries, Kubrick stood out from the crowd." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Greetings, my internet-reading friends. My name is Andrew Wyzan, and the only thing you need to know about me is that I love movies (there's more to know, but the rest is just more nonsense). I've put together an web site based around an expository piece of journalism. I tried to argue with my professor that Charles Mason is more qualified to explain the meaning of Beatles songs than I am at explaining anything, and so I should be exempt from said project, but that wouldn't be fair to the other students.

Wait, what was I talking about again? Oh right, the bearded guy on the right.

That man is Stanley Kubrick, and he directed some of the most important and celebrated movies in all of cinema. I built this site to take a slightly in-depth look at him and five of his most famous films, analyzing their moods, themes, use of music and historic context. The words on this site are mine, unless stated otherwise. For example, the quote prologuing my introduction is not my own. If Roger Ebert, one of the most important and celebrated film critics is saying this, Kubrick has to be somewhat interesting. Boy, was he ever.

Born in 1928 to a middle-class Jewish family in New York City, Kubrick started out a normal teenage boy who was a poor student because school bored him. He received his first camera at 13 and never stopped taking photographs since. He loved chess because it taught him to be a perfectionist and he loved music enough that he wanted to be a drummer. All of these seemingly random facts can be found in biographer Vincent LoBrutto's book Kubrick: A Life, which Google books has a nice long preview of if you want a much more in-depth look at his life.

I selected these facts because I feel they provide good evidence for why he made some of the stylistic decisions he made in his movies, as well as explain his legendary perfectionism.

The three films I've chosen from his filmography are "Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Eyes Wide Shut." I've broken down each film using three aspects: its overarching moods and themes, its use of music and the context in which the film was made and release.

Joining me via recorded interview is professor Maureen Turim, who teaches film studies at the University of Florida. She will give expert insight into Kubrick's films that an amateur such as me can't provide, and I thank her for taking the time to answer my questions, which preface each part of our interview.

Shall we begin?