There are Stanley Kubrick video essays – plenty of them – and then there are STANLEY KUBRICK VIDEO ESSAYS, those that stand out from the pack and blow your mind in a similar fashion to the filmmaker they’re discussing. Guess which sort we’re about to show you?
It comes from Lewis Bond at Channel Criswell and examines Kubrick’s entire career from the perspective of the filmmaker as a revolutionary re-inventor of himself and his medium. Bond reveals how Kubrick evolved from picture to picture, adding depth and breadth to his own artistry and seeking each time to alter the current cinematic landscape and push the whole art form forward. And you know what? Damned if it can’t be argued that he did so with every single film he ever shot.
As I said at the beginning, there are a lot of video essays about Stanley Kubrick out there, but most deal in minutiae; they, like the director, see his films as many-layered things and deal with peeling them apart. But there’s something to be said about an overall appreciation for the man’s oeuvre as a whole, looking away from the details at the bigger, broader picture and the lessons to be learned there, because after all, the minutiae is only as good as the masterplan, and Kubrick’s masterplan helped him to become one of the most respected, significant, and imitated visual artists of the 20th century. This is why, Bond argues with convincing aplomb, you don’t see a Kubrick film, you experience it.