Stanley Kubrick "Boxes" Documentary


Boxes is a documentary on the late great filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The movie tells a story through thousands of boxes filled with photos, letters, notes, newspaper clippings, meticulously sorted and documentated to tell a story of a film genius.

"Twelve years ago author and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson received a call from a man named Tony. Tony was interested in obtaining a copy of Ronson did a documentary about the Holocaust for his employer, whose name he did not wish to reveal. After some cajoling Ronson finally extracted the gentleman's name. Turns out it was Stanley Kubrick.

That was the last Ronson heard until a few years after the legendary director's death when Tony called and asked if he would like to come poke around Kubrick's mansion. What Ronson found there was a cinemaphile's wet dream: thousands of boxes containing thousands of meticulously organized photos, memos and letters, years of Kubrick's career minutely categorized and filed. Ronson would spend five years sifting through them before they were carted off to their new home at the University of the Arts London.

What emerges is a portrait of a man who, to the outside observer, seems as if he was imprisoned by his obsessive need to manage all aspects of his work, a man who approached film with a watchmaker's precision. Here are hundreds of pictures of doorways in London for his film Eyes Wide Shut, photos of the actors in A Clockwork Orange wearing dozens of different hats, towering stacks of newspaper ads which he measured to make sure he was not being cheated out of a few millimeters, and footage of him, shot by his daughter, on the set of Full Metal Jacket directing the cast on the cadence of their genital fondling."

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