Stanley Kubrick

Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick

July 2008 marks the birth of iconic film director Stanley Kubrick 80 years ago. It is fitting that his legacy is now inspiring new generations of creative thinkers through the deposit of his Archive at University of the Arts London. The collection contains many thousands of items. Here we have highlighted ten that represent the types of information and items that we hold. The wealth of the collections means they span Kubrick's entire career and document the filmmaking process from pre- until post- production.

The Archive includes scripts and treatments, here is the completed treatment for Napoleon (a film that remained unmade that we also have the script for) and a portion of a script for 2001: A Space Odyssey featuring two HAL computers. Also from 2001: A Space Odyssey are hundreds of sasco cards, these were used by the special effects department to plan the shooting of special effects in the film. Other production materials here are a production schedule for A Clockwork Orange from 1970, production schedules show when and where each scene was filmed. Kubrick often made little notes on filming and his ideas, here we have a note relating to Spartacus in Kubrick's handwriting.

As well as items directly related to filming process are concept designs, costumes and props. Here we have a concept design for a costume for a voyeur in Eyes Wide Shut and a photograph of the Norfolk Broads with artwork attached to show how the Broads would be transformed into Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket. Kubrick was involved at each stage of the creative process and there are many items relating to designs for publicity materials, especially for A Clockwork Orange.

The Archive includes many thousands of photographs, including research shots, on set shots and publicity shots. Here is just one (detail top of page), showing Kubrick with Arthur C Clarke (co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey).

The University's Archive Centre also holds other directors' collections: the Thorold Dickinson Collection; and John Schlesinger's Library.

All images are provided by University of the Arts London with all rights reserved by their respective owners: the Stanley Kubrick Estate; Universal International; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. All images taken by Luke Potter, photographer, www.lukepotterphotography.co.uk. All text by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist with rights reserved by University of the Arts London, contact: archive-enquiries@arts.ac.uk, 02075149335.

Spartacus notes 'Napoleon' treatment Script for '2001: A Space Odyssey' Sasco cards for '2001: A Space Odyssey' Artwork for 'A Clockwork Orange' Production schedule for 'A Clockwork Orange' ... for 'Full Metal Jacket' Camera for 'Full Metal Jacket' Model for 'Eyes Wide Shut' Costume sketch for 'Eyes Wide Shut'
these are links to larger images and their details

The Archives Hub also includes descriptions for two collections of the papers of Brian Aldiss (born 1925): author of the short story 'Supertoys Last All Summer Long', 1969, which Kubrick began planning as a film in 1973. The project was realised after Kubrick's death by Steven Spielberg as Artificial Intelligence: AI, 2001. The descriptions are for: Papers of Brian Aldiss (University of Reading) and The Brian W Aldiss Archive 1943-1995 (University of Liverpool).

Related links

  • The Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London
    • Stanley Kubrick Collection: biography and filmography (Warner Bros. website)
    • Warner Bros. Archives: major collection of production, distribution and exhibition records; Warner Bros. has produced or distributed many of Kubrick's films (University of Southern California)
    • International Anthony Burgess Foundation: non-profit organisation encouraging public and scholarly interest in the life and work of Anthony Burgess (1917-1993); Burgess was the author of the novel A Clockwork Orange, 1962.
    • Arthur C. Clarke Foundation: promoting the life and work of Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and author of the short story on which the film was based, 'The Sentinel', first published in 1951.
    • Stanley Kubrick: biography, detailed filmography, and many images from Kubrick's films (IMDB website)
    • www.visual-memory.co.uk: non-profit resource of documentary materials about Kubrick.
    • Stanley Kubrick Exhibition: exhibition of archival material at the German Film Museum and German Architecture Museum in 2004

    Suggested reading

    Links are provided to records on Copac for these items. Copac is the free, web based national union catalogue, containing the holdings of many of the major university and National Libraries in UK and Ireland plus a number of special libraries. For more information about accessing items see the FAQs on the Copac website.

    Suggested viewing

    • Stanley Kubrick: the invisible man produced and directed by Paul Joyce.(Channel 4 documentary) Records on Copac
    • Stanley Kubrick: a life in pictures produced and directed by Jan Harlan (BBC documentary) Records on Copac
    • Stanley Kubrick's boxes. Jon Ronson documentary, using items from the Stanley Kubrick Archive. This will be broadcast on More4 on July 15th, 2008

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