Pic of the Day: Italian poster for Kubrick’s The Killing (1956)

Italian poster for Stanley Kubrick's The Killing

The Italian release poster for The Killing (1956), Stanley Kubrick’s breakthrough film. The movie marked Kubrick’s third feature overall – and apparently he was still obscure enough to be misidentified by this poster as “Stanley Kubrich.”

Kubrick wrote the screenplay – whose non-linear structure is often cited as an influence on Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs – but the dialogue was fleshed out by the great pulp maestro Jim Thompson.

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Pic of the Day: Paths of Glory (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957) danish poster kubrick douglas (41 astrange t)

A Danish release poster for Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory, via the Twitter feed of @41Strange.

Also, check out a gallery of behind the scenes production stills from the film or the original script co-written by Kubrick and the great pulp novelist Jim Thompson.

Behind the Scenes: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Clockwork Orange (Vivian Kubrick)

Vivian Kubrick, pictured above on the set of 1971’s A Clockwork Orange, has been posting photos from the making of her father Stanley’s films on her twitter feed. The younger Kubrick helped cut out the Styrofoam letters on the wall for the scene above. Her contributions to her dad’s films would expand – she shot a “Making Of” for The Shining and composed the score for Full Metal Jacket.

You can watch Vivian’s Shining featurette here.

Behind the Scenes: Marlon Brando and One-Eyed Jacks


The 1961 western One-Eyed Jacks marks the lone directorial effort of Marlon Brando. A morally bleak yet visually lush revenge yarn, the film is now considered a classic of the genre and counts among its admirers Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino.

But at the time of its release the movie was a costly albatross for Paramount and the beginning of a downward spiral of excess by Brando that tarnished his career to the point that Francis Ford Coppola had to jump through a myriad of hoops in order to cast Brando in The Godfather (1972).

One-Eyed Jacks‘ troubled production history includes the firing of screenwriter Sam Peckinpah and original director Stanley Kubrick. Brando took over as director following Kubrick’s departure and the film’s original 12 week shooting schedule and $1.8 million budget ultimately ballooned into a six-month shoot with a $6 million price tag.

Brando’s initial cut of the film ran nearly five hours. When Paramount requested substantial changes, Brando walked away from the movie and the studio sliced One-Eyed Jacks down to two hours and 21 minutes and altered the ending to a happier one.

Below is a collection of behind the scene stills from the film. The images come from a trio of sources – the blog Cinephilia and Beyond, the website Selvedgeyard.com and the blog Fifties Westerns. Toby Roan, the gentleman behind the blog Fifties Westerns, is also working on a book about Brando’s oater titled A Million Feet of Film: The Making of One-Eyed Jacks.
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Behind the Scenes: Stanley Kubrick

A small sampling of the hundreds of photos displayed on the fantastic Facebook page Stanley Kubrick archives. Click here to check it out.

The stills come from (listed top to bottom): A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, The Killing, The Shining.

Click on any of the images for a larger version.

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