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Film Nerds Are Drooling Over Stanley Kubrick's Incredible Early Photography

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Stanley Kubrick made some really weird movies. If you want a little peak at his mental formation, the 10,000 photos he took as a teenager will probably only confuse you more—in a good way.

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If you're not curious about what went on in Stanley Kubrick's brain, you don't have a heartbeat. At some point about halfway through 2001: A Space Odyssey here's what everyone should be thinking: "WTF Stanley Kubrick? There's no more dialogue in this movie? I hate you." No one thinks that because the film is a complete transfixing masterpiece. Kubrick has about 10 movies that good, and each is completely different from the rest.

So Kubrick wasn't a lightweight, but he worked for his chops—just check out the lot of prints from his teenage years that are up for sale at VandM. The photos were taken in the 1940's in New York City, where Kubrick wandered the streets firing off shots at everything he could find. Stanley Kubrick didn't need rolling film to tell a story. He could capture a story's essence in a single frame. Even as a youth, Kubrick had already developed an incredible eye for moving content and cinematic aesthetics. These photos aren't just a document about a period in Kubrick's life—they're a document about New York City. [VandM via Flavorwire]

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Click "enlarge" in the bottom right corner of the images in the gallery to view them larger. It's worth it!


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There are film nerds, and then there are people who have lost count of the number of times they've watched certain Kubrick films, and have known about his photography background for quite some time. If you want to have some fun, seek out some of the articles about his extensive collection of archive material from his movies that still resides on his estate in England. Mind-blowing. Not that film nerds can become obsessed by a particular subject or anything (or Stanley, for that matter...)

Oh, and if there are any Kubrick fans who haven't made the jump to Blu-Ray yet, the 2001 transfer is astonishingly beautiful. Seeing that made me a believer in the reasons to "upgrade" certain discs in my collection.