Monday I went to the Stanley Kubrick exhibition which was exceptionally well curated. Kubrick’s canon of films Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Dr Strangelove, Lolita, Clockwork Orange, Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket are notable for their sheer diversity and the costume drama Barry Lyndon remains my personal favourite.
He began life as a photographer and no director was more skilled in the grammar of camera work. His preparation was more than diligent for every film and his control total.
Ken Adam, more famous for set design for James Bond movies, and couturier Hardy Amies worked for and with him and a bevy of Hollywood stars including Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, James Mason, Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Ryan O’Neal , Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
His painstaking attention to detail reflected in every soldier in Spartacus assigned a number to identify where he would fall to his death.
The exhibition was neither long nor too crowded and well worth an hour or so of your time.