Kubrick’s Must-See Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick was, and still is, revered for his intense attention to detail and it shows in ‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ currently on display at London’s Design Museum

While standing in line to head into the exhibition, Kubrick is already around you. You’ve passed the Probe 16, better known as the Durango 95 from Clockwork Orange (1971), and you stand on the brown and orange geometric carpet of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining (1980). After scanning your ticket, you walk through an immersive, multi-screen, audio display that takes you through clips of a number of Kubrick’s most famous works. Finally, you dive into the painstakingly methodical inner-workings of Kubrick’s totally involved creative process.

In the first room, there is an array of items: a series of clapboards used in six of his films to a number of cameras used throughout his career; a 6-plate 35mm editing table used by Kubrick to edit Full Metal Jacket (1987); a model and the plans to create a massive 12-metre-tall mockup of a centrifuge. You don’t just walk into the world of Kubrick, you walk into his mind and, yet, you don’t get the sense that you know him any better when you leave. You’re simply confronted with his genius, to steal Harlan’s words, the process it took to capture it, and Kubrick’s persistence to capture it perfectly.

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