Monday, March 25, 2013

Documentary Celebrates the Glory of Early Kubrick

At LACMA in Los Angeles, an acclaimed exhibit dedicated to the entire oeuvre of Stanley Kubrick continues through the end of June. Meanwhile, this weekend in Lakewood, Ohio, lucky patrons of the local library will get a more focused Kubrick master class.

Anatomy of a Film is unusual, to say the least. The documentary frames a repeat of the 1957 World War I film Paths of Glory with enhanced multimedia materials, and more.

From the official description:
Unlike the commentaries that often accompany the DVD release of films, the method used here is not simply a voice speaking casually over a silent version of the film as it runs in actual screen time. The technique of this new form is the use of all the tools at the filmmaker’s disposal; scripted narration, interviews, photographs, documents, slow-motion, freeze frames, clip rewinds and image comparison to examine the film’s structure, methodology and themes.
The editorial approach is to let the film play with full visual and aural continuity so that its story line can be followed. The narration and commentary intervene to illustrate artistry and technique, or to put the film in historical, social and industry context. An introduction by Kirk Douglas and commentary by producer James B. Harris and Richard Anderson, who played a leading role, augment the treatment. With a projected running time of 125 minutes, it is divided into three chapters or sequences.

Co-producer Charles Moore is a native of Lakewood, adding extra meaning to the Saturday March 30th screening. The documentary was written, directed and is narrated by David Spodak, an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. He hopes to make more thorough cinematic explorations of this nature in the future.

[Anatomy of a Film]

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