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DMU film academics set to celebrate director Stanley Kubrick

The infamous “all work and no play” typewritten pages from The Shining, original scripts from A Clockwork Orange and masks from Eyes Wide Shut will be going on public display in a celebration of the work of film director Stanley Kubrick.

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Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur opens to the public this week at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Heritage Centre until June 3, to tie in with an academic conference featuring scholars around the world.

A mini film festival at Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema will also show The Shining – voted the scariest horror film of all time – and Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

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DMU’s Professor of Film, Professor Ian Hunter, and PhD scholar James Fenwick, of DMU’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) research centre is hosting the conference from 11 to 13 May.

Prof Hunter said: “This is a rare chance to see iconic artefacts from some of the greatest cult films ever made”.

The three-day conference will feature keynote speakers including Jan Harlan, executive producer for more than 30 years; Professor Robert Kolker, author of works including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, New Essays; Professor Nathan Abrams, who has written widely about the director and Peter Kramer who will discuss new insights and perspectives on his career.

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Mr Harlan will also give a talk on Kubrick at the Phoenix on Thursday at 4pm, which is open to the public.

Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur examines Kubrick’s creative vision and how his exacting, precise style influenced generations of film makers. 

The pop-up exhibition is open to the public and will include:

  • A letter from Kubrick to Arthur C. Clarke asking if he would collaborate on an SF film – which became 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Bound copy of Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange script
  • Jack Torrance’s bath robe from The Shining
  • Black cloak used in the masked ball sequence in Eyes Wide Shut
  • Storyboards from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Kubrick’s own notes on The Shining
  • The napkin passed to Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, revealing the password to the secret society
  • Masks from the masked ball sequence in Eyes Wide Shut

Prof Hunter will be giving a free talk on Kubrick and his films at the heritage centre on Wednesday, 18 May at 6pm, followed by a reception and guided tour of the exhibition.

DMU Heritage Centre is open from Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5pm.

Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2016

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