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‘Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures’ to be screened Thursday

Director Stanley Kubrick — best known for films like ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Lolita’ and ‘The Shining’ — was considered by some to be an intensely private man.

But a recent documentary directed by his long time producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan, aims to give insight into his life and spectacular career.

The film ‘Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures’, narrated by actor Tom Cruise, will be screening at Bermuda College (Room 301) on Thursday at 6pm.

Mr Harlan will be on hand at the local screening to answer questions and give some background on the film.

He will also be hosting a screenwriting workshop in Bermuda — organised by local filmmaker Lucinda Spurling — in collaboration with former Hollywood development executive Jim Fernald.

This will be Mr Harlan’s first time on Island, but he said he was looking forward to the visit.

He started off his career in business planning and organisation, working in Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna and New York.

It wasn’t until 1968 or 1969 that he got the chance to work as a researcher “just for fun and out of interest” on the set of Mr Kubrick’s film ‘Napoleon’.

“[Stanley] then invited me to join him for a year or so to work on his much treasured project ‘Napoleon’ in Romania. Unfortunately the film never happened,” Mr Harlan said.

“We got along so well and Kubrick invited me to stay and work with him; my wife had fallen in love with England which made the decision easy.

“We prepared ‘Traumnovelle’ instead, a story that became ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ 30 years later. My first film with Kubrick was ‘A Clockwork Orange’.”

He said he was “very grateful” to be asked to make the documentary by Warner Bros film studio.

It was a therapeutic experience for him to make the film after Mr Kubrick’s unexpected death and said he enjoyed seeing the love and admiration others had for him.

When asked what he learned from working with the renown director, Mr Harlan said: “He formed what is today my ‘mantra’.

“‘It is very easy to make a film; it is hard to make a good film; and a great film is almost a miracle like any great work of art, any great symphony, great painting, great novel or fantastic building.”

Tickets, $20, to the screening of ‘Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures’ are available at www.premierticketsglobal.com. Proceeds go to the filmmaking workshop.

Caption: Right Jan Harlan ( Stanley Kubrick's producer) and Jim Fernald (left), a writer, teacher and former development executive in Hollywood will be on Island for a worshop, organised by local filmmaker Lucinda Spurling. Mr Harlan will also be available for questions after the screening of his documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures at Bermuda College on Thursday.

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Published May 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm)

‘Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures’ to be screened Thursday

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