Wisdom from Kubrick
August 9, 2003

RANT #197: Arts & Entertainment
Summary: In lieu of the trash that Druss has been stirring up, here are some interesting quotes from one of America's greatest filmakers, Stan Kubrick:[BR]"I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach ch...
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In lieu of the trash that Druss has been stirring up, here are some interesting quotes from one of America's greatest filmakers, Stan Kubrick:

"I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker." --1

"I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old." --1

"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas:

'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.'

This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." --1

"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." --1

"Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all." --1

"A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper." --1

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."--1

"I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artist--neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are." --14

"I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something
they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was." --15

"I haven't come across any recent new ideas in film that strike me as being particularly
important and that have to do with form. I think that a preoccupation with originality of
form is more or less a fruitless thing. A truly original person with a truly original
mind will not be able to function in the old form and will simply do something different.
Others had much better think of the form as being some sort of classical tradition and
try to work within it." --15

"I've never achieved spectacular success with a film. My reputation has grown slowly. I
suppose you could say that I'm a successful filmmaker--in that a number of people speak w
ell of me. But none of my films have received unanimously positive reviews, and none have
done blockbuster business." --16

"I believe that drugs are basically of more use to the audience than to the artist. I think that
the illusion of oneness with the universe, and absorption with the significance of every object
in your environment, and the pervasive aura of peace and contentment is not the ideal state for
an artist. It tranquilizes the creative personality, which thrives on conflict and on the clash and ferment of ideas. The artist's transcendence must be within his own work; he should not impose any artificial barriers between himself and the mainspring of his subconscious. One of the things that's turned me against LSD is that all the people I know who use it have a peculiar inability to distinguish between things that are really interesting and stimulating and things that appear to be so in the state of universal bliss that the drug induces on a "good" trip. They seem to completely lose their critical faculties and disengage themselves from some of the most stimulating areas of life. Perhaps when everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful." --17

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