Today we are honouring one of the single greatest film directors to have ever picked up a camera. A man who not only created some incredible films, but who changed the world of film-making on a stylistic and technical level over and over again.
When we set up our Corridor of Praise, one of the entry requirements was that any inductees must not have won an Oscar in their main category, and the fact that tonight’s subject never received an Oscar for direction is a travesty. Still, the Academy’s loss is our gain, as it means we get to devote a whole episode to my favourite director, and I think probably the podcast’s overall favourite director.
Jack Nicholson said “Everyone sort of acknowledges he’s ‘the man’, and I still feel that underrates him”.
Martin Scorsese thinks that “One of his pictures is worth 10 of someone else’s”
Eight of his 13 films are in the IMDB Top 250, and TEN of them are in the Sight and Sound Top 250 poll published last year.
Welcome to the Failed Critics Corridor of Praise, Mr Stanley Kubrick.