Stanley Kubrick

On this date in 1928, Stanley Kubrick was born in the Bronx. He sold his first still photograph at 16 to Look and joined the magazine's staff a year later. His movies included "The Killing" (1956), "Spartacus" (1960), "Lolita" (1962), "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "The Shining" (1978) and "Eyes Wide Shut (1999). D. 1999.

“The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, '2001' shows that what some people call 'god' is simply an acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don't understand, they call 'god' . . . I chose to do Dr. Clarke's story as a film because it highlights a critical factor necessary for human evolution; that is, beyond our present condition. This film is a rejection of the notion that there is a god; isn't that obvious?”

—-Stanley Kubrick, interview, American Cinematographer (1963), cited by Warren Allen Smith in Who's Who in Hell

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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