“Kubrick had also intended Sellers to play Major Kong, the commander of the only bomber to get through to its Russian target. Sellers hesitated to take the role of Kong, because he was uncertain that he could master Kong’s Texas twang, but Kubrick remained adamant that he play it. Finally, Sellers accidentally injured his ankle, when he tripped while emerging from his limo, and begged off from doing Kong’s scenes. Kubrick complied, but wondered if Sellers had suffered the fall “accidentally-on-purpose,” to get out of playing a part he was not comfortable with. Kubrick was disappointed that Sellers declined to play the fourth part, since, in his view, that would have meant that almost everywhere the viewer looks, there is some version of Peter Sellers holding the fate of the world in his hands.” [x]
Stanley Kubrick on the set of Full Metal Jacket.
Sight & Sound Critics’ Poll 2012
- Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
- Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles)
- Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
- The Rules of the Game (dir. Jean Renoir)
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (dir. F.W. Murnau)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
- The Searchers (dir. John Ford)
- Man with a Movie Camera (dir. Dziga Vertov)
- The Passion of Joan of Arc (dir. Carl Th. Dreyer)
- 8½ (dir. Federico Fellini)
And the loser is – Citizen Kane. After 50 years at the top of the Sight & Sound poll, Orson Welles’s debut film has been convincingly ousted by Alfred Hitchcock’s 45th feature Vertigo – and by a whopping 34 votes, compared with the mere five that separated them a decade ago. So what does it mean? Given that Kane actually clocked over three times as many votes this year as it did last time, it hasn’t exactly been snubbed by the vastly larger number of voters taking part in this new poll, which has spread its net far wider than any of its six predecessors. [More…, x]
Stanley Kubrick and Tom Cruise on the set of Eyes Wide Shut.
“When Eyes Wide Shut came out a few months after Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999, it was severely misunderstood, which came as no surprise. If you go back and look at the contemporary reactions to any Kubrick picture (except the earliest ones), you’ll see that all his films were initially misunderstood. Then, after five or ten years came the realization that 2001 or Barry Lyndon or The Shining was like nothing else before or since.” — Martin Scorsese