Stanley Kubrick Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Stanley Kubrick Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Bad films gave me the courage to try making a movie Bad films gave me the courage to try making a movie
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I'm just an old man and I smell bad, remember? I'm just an old man and I smell bad, remember?
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: It's a mistake to confuse pity with love. It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I used and abused drugs and alcohol. When I stopped doing that it became a I used and abused drugs and alcohol. When I stopped doing that it became a lot clearer that life goes from inside to giving as opposed to taking and destroying.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes. The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: One man writes a novel. One man writes a symphony. It is essential that one One man writes a novel. One man writes a symphony. It is essential that one man make a film.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: What do you take me for? A fourteen karat sucker? What do you take me for? A fourteen karat sucker?
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else: the perfect mediocrity
no better, no worse. Individuality is a monster and it must be strangled in its cradle to make our friends feel comfortable.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: One does not have to make Frank Capra movies to like people. One does not have to make Frank Capra movies to like people.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The director's job is to know what emotional statement he wants a character to convey The director's job is to know what emotional statement he wants a character to convey in his scene or his line, and to exercise taste and judgment in helping the actor give his best possible performance.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Never say no to an idea - you never know how that idea will ignite Never say no to an idea - you never know how that idea will ignite another idea.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The feel of the experience is the important thing, not the ability to verbalize or The feel of the experience is the important thing, not the ability to verbalize or analyze it.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Anybody who runs is a VC. Anybody who stands still is a well-disciplined VC. Anybody who runs is a VC. Anybody who stands still is a well-disciplined VC.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The reality of the final moment, just before shooting [the scene], is so powerful that The reality of the final moment, just before shooting [the scene], is so powerful that all previous analysis must yield before the impressions you receive under these circumstances, and unless you use this feedback to your positive advantage, unless you adjust to it, adapt to it and accept the sometimes terrifying weaknesses it can expose, you can never realize the most out of your film.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Private Joker is silly and he's ignorant but he's got guts and guts is enough. Private Joker is silly and he's ignorant but he's got guts and guts is enough.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Here's to five miserable months on the wagon and the irreparable harm that it's caused Here's to five miserable months on the wagon and the irreparable harm that it's caused me.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Nothing is as dangerous as a sure thing. Nothing is as dangerous as a sure thing.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I, uh, don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a I, uh, don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I've never laid a cane on the back of a lord before, but if you I've never laid a cane on the back of a lord before, but if you force me to I shall speedily become used to the practice.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: [Making movies] you're not trying to capture reality, you're trying to capture a photograph of [Making movies] you're not trying to capture reality, you're trying to capture a photograph of reality.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: God has a hard-on for a Marine because we kill everything we see. He plays God has a hard-on for a Marine because we kill everything we see. He plays His game, we play ours.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good and it trains you to think objectively when you're in trouble
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: In any case, once you're dealing on a nonverbal level, ambiguity is unavoidable. But it's In any case, once you're dealing on a nonverbal level, ambiguity is unavoidable. But it's the ambiguity of all art, of a fine piece of music or a painting - you don't need written instructions by the composer or painter accompanying such works to 'explain' them. "Explaining" them contributes nothing but a superficial 'cultural' value which has no value except for critics and teachers who have to earn a living.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: A film needs more than you can give it in a lifetime. A film needs more than you can give it in a lifetime.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Have you ever had a single moment's thought about my responsibilities? Have you ever had a single moment's thought about my responsibilities?
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: [On Dr. Strangelove]: My idea of doing it as a nightmare comedy came in the [On Dr. Strangelove]: My idea of doing it as a nightmare comedy came in the early weeks of working on the screenplay. [...] What could be more absurd than the very idea of two mega powers willing to wipe out all human life because of an accident, spiced up by political differences that will seem as meaningless to people a hundred years from now as the theological conflicts of the Middle Ages appear to us today?
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: My period as a young teenager when you really listen to music so you can My period as a young teenager when you really listen to music so you can get understand a little bit more about what the music is was, say, 1965 to 1968. I was just lucky to be in those times.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: [When asked if he had ever learned anything about his work from film criticism]No. To [When asked if he had ever learned anything about his work from film criticism]
No. To see a film once and write a review is an absurdity. Yet very few critics ever see a film twice or write about films from a leisurely, thoughtful perspective. The reviews that distinguish most critics, unfortunately, are those slambang pans which are easy to write and fun to write and absolutely useless. There's not much in a critic showing off how clever he is at writing silly, supercilious gags about something he hates.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Everybody has their black moments. Everybody has their black moments.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, '2001' shows that what some people 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' -Stanley Kubrick, interview, 1963
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: My reputation has grown slowly. My reputation has grown slowly.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The dead know only one thing, it is better to be alive The dead know only one thing, it is better to be alive
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: It's crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be It's crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You either connect or you don't connect. It's not the end of the world. It's You either connect or you don't connect. It's not the end of the world. It's a movie.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Busy people begrudge the days being short.I can no longer sit back and allow Communist Busy people begrudge the days being short.
I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The world's religions, for all their parochialism, did supply a kind of consolation for this The world's religions, for all their parochialism, did supply a kind of consolation for this great ache ... This shattering recognition of our mortality is at the root of far more mental illness than I suspect even psychiatrists are aware.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Sanitised violence in movies has been accepted for years. What seems to upset everybody now Sanitised violence in movies has been accepted for years. What seems to upset everybody now is the showing of the consequences of violence.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I don't like doing interviews. There is always the problem of being misquoted or, what's I don't like doing interviews. There is always the problem of being misquoted or, what's even worse, of being quoted exactly.
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Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: A satirist is someone who has a very skeptical view of human nature, but who A satirist is someone who has a very skeptical view of human nature, but who still has the optimism to make some sort of a joke out of it. However brutal that joke might be.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Everything has changed, but the process of telling a story has not changed. It's like Everything has changed, but the process of telling a story has not changed. It's like cavemen sitting around the fire; somebody's going to tell the story. Somebody is drawing on the wall. You're communicating. You're trying to learn and teach at the same time. You're your own student and you're your own teacher, but the process is of the communicating.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I will say that the God concept is at the heart of 2001 but not I will say that the God concept is at the heart of 2001 but not any traditional, anthromorphic image of God. I don't believe in any of Earth's monotheistic religions, but I do believe that one can construct an intriguing scientific definition of God, once you accept the fact that there are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone, that each star is a life-giving sun and that there are approximately 100 billion galaxies in just the visible universe.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated. When you say something directly, it's simply not as potent as it is when you allow people to discover it for themselves.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not in the think The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not in the think of it.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The best education in film is to make one The best education in film is to make one
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: In 1960, for example, the Committee for Long Range Studies of the Brookings Institution prepared In 1960, for example, the Committee for Long Range Studies of the Brookings Institution prepared a report for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration warning that even indirect contact - i.e., alien artifacts that might possibly be discovered through our space activities on the moon, Mars or Venus or via radio contact with an interstellar civilization - could cause severe psychological dislocations. The study cautioned that "Anthropological files contain many examples of societies, sure of their place in the universe, which have disintegrated when they have had to associate with previously unfamiliar societies espousing different ideas and different life ways; others that survived such an experience usually did so by paying the price of changes in values and attitudes and behavior.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: In his essay on the uncanny, Das Unheimliche, Freud said that the uncanny is the In his essay on the uncanny, Das Unheimliche, Freud said that the uncanny is the only feeling which is more powerfully experienced in art than in life. If the horror genre required any justification, I should think this alone would serve as its credentials.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Suppose by chance you do get picked up. What have you done? You shot a Suppose by chance you do get picked up. What have you done? You shot a horse; that isn't first degree murder; in fact, it isn't even murder; in fact, I don't know what it is.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I haven't come across any recent new ideas in film that strike me as being I haven't come across any recent new ideas in film that strike me as being particularly important and that have to do with form. I think that a preoccupation with originality of form is more or less a fruitless thing. A truly original person with a truly original mind will not be able to function in the old form and will simply do something different. Others had much better think of the form as being some sort of classical tradition and try to work within it.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Either you care, or you don't. There's no in-between. And if you care, then go Either you care, or you don't. There's no in-between. And if you care, then go all of the way.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Take a stress pill and think things over HAL in 2001 Take a stress pill and think things over
HAL in 2001
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Don't do anything. Just tolerate me and let me suffer, knowing how you feel. Don't do anything. Just tolerate me and let me suffer, knowing how you feel.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Don't get obsessed with not liking a movie. Don't get obsessed with not liking a movie.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda had a baby, it would be Matthew Modine. If Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda had a baby, it would be Matthew Modine.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists. Neither takes life as it is. I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists. Neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Know what it is the emotional statement to convey, and use taste and judgement to Know what it is the emotional statement to convey, and use taste and judgement to help the actors give their best possible performance.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Like the man said, can happiness buy money? Like the man said, can happiness buy money?
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write 'War and Peace' in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: It's impossible to tell you what I'm going to do except to say that I It's impossible to tell you what I'm going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale. The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of film I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of film making. If I wanted to be frivolous, I might say that everything that precedes editing is merely a way of producing film to edit.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Some people demand a five-line capsule summary. Something you'd read in a magazine. They want Some people demand a five-line capsule summary. Something you'd read in a magazine. They want you to say, 'This is the story of the duality of man and the duplicity of governments.' I hear people try to do it
give the five-line summary
but if a film has any substance or subtlety, whatever you say is never complete, it's usually wrong, and it's necessarily simplistic: truth is too multifaceted to be contained in a five-line summary. If the work is good, what you say about it is usually irrelevant.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You're constantly changing man. But the film's not changing. The film stays the same. That's You're constantly changing man. But the film's not changing. The film stays the same. That's the beautiful aspect of it.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Critical opinion on my films has always been salvaged by what I would call subsequent Critical opinion on my films has always been salvaged by what I would call subsequent critical opinion.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You know, Michael, it's not absolutely true in every case that nobody likes a smart You know, Michael, it's not absolutely true in every case that nobody likes a smart ass.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I'm happy - at times - making films. I'm certainly unhappy not making films. I'm happy - at times - making films. I'm certainly unhappy not making films.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I've never achieved spectacular success with a film. My reputation has grown slowly. I suppose I've never achieved spectacular success with a film. My reputation has grown slowly. I suppose you could say that I'm a successful filmmaker-in that a number of people speak well of me. But none of my films have received unanimously positive reviews, and none have done blockbuster business.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Everything has already been done. every story has been told every scene has been shot. Everything has already been done. every story has been told every scene has been shot. it's our job to do it one better.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The purpose of bayonet training is to awaken your killer instincts. The killer instinct will The purpose of bayonet training is to awaken your killer instincts. The killer instinct will make you strong. If the meek ever inherit the earth the strong will take it away from them. The weak exist to be devoured by the strong. Every Marine must pack his own gear. Every Marine must be the instrument of his own salvation.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If man merely sat back and thought about his impending termination, and his terrifying insignificance If man merely sat back and thought about his impending termination, and his terrifying insignificance and aloneness in the cosmos, he would surely go mad, or succumb to a numbing sense of futility. Why, he might ask himself, should he bother to write a great symphony, or strive to make a living, or even to love another, when he is no more than a momentary microbe on a dust mote whirling through the unimaginable immensity of space? Those of us who are forced by their own sensibilities to view their lives in this perspective - who recognize that there is no purpose they can comprehend and that amidst a countless myriad of stars their existence goes unknown and unchronicled - can fall prey all too easily to the ultimate anomie. The world's religions, for all their parochialism, did supply a kind of consolation for this great ache.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I didn't want murder. It's all gone wrong. I didn't want murder. It's all gone wrong.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die. There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow, only of being killed. I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow, only of being killed.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You either care or you don't. You either care or you don't.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The hardest thing in making a movie is to keep in the front of your The hardest thing in making a movie is to keep in the front of your consciousness your original response to the material. Because that's going to be the thing that will make the movie. And the loss of that will break the movie.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: I haven't had one sexual thought since the court martial. I haven't had one sexual thought since the court martial.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: All my life I've always spoiled the things that meant the most to me. All my life I've always spoiled the things that meant the most to me.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Art consists of reshaping life but it does not create life, nor cause life. Art consists of reshaping life but it does not create life, nor cause life.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film - and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level - but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines things. Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines things.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If you really want to communicate something, even if it's just an emotion or an If you really want to communicate something, even if it's just an emotion or an attitude, let alone an idea, the least effective and least enjoyable way is directly. It only goes in about an inch. But if you can get people to the point where they have to think a moment what it is you're getting at, and then discover it, the thrill of discovery goes right through the heart.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
Stanley Kubrick Sayings: Regret isn't going to get me anywhere. It's like being obsessed with something. It doesn't Regret isn't going to get me anywhere. It's like being obsessed with something. It doesn't bring you anywhere.