Stanley Kubrick was a multifaceted personality who dexterously juggled roles as a filmmaker, photographer, cinematographer, and editor. Often regarded as one of the most prominent directors in film history, Kubrick directed a total of 13 movies and 3 documentaries in his active career, spanning from 1951 to 1999. His filmography reflects a repertoire of studio films as well as indie-films.
Starting his career as a photographer, he transitioned to filmmaking, debuting with a short documentary, ‘Day of the Fight (1950). ‘Fear and Desire’ was the first feature film that he directed, produced, cinematographed, and edited on his own. He was a dyed-in-the-wool perfectionist, singlehandedly monitoring almost all the significant facets of filmmaking to ensure that the movies were impeccable in every respect.
Stanley’s first studio-film ‘The Killing’ (1956) starring Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards, and Coleen Gray, was a commercial failure. However, later on critics hailed ‘Killing’ as one of his most successful movies, owing to its clockwork execution and non-linear storyline. Later on, Kubrick went on to make some groundbreaking films. Some of his noticeable films include ‘Paths of Glory’, ‘Spartacus’, ‘Lolita’, ‘Dr. Strangelove’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘A Clockwork ‘Orange’, and ‘The Shining.