Stanley Kubrick is obviously on the Mount Rushmore of film directors. His legacy has been cemented by films such as “The Shining,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “A Clockwork Orange,” among many others. And now, the filmmaker is showcased in a new documentary, “Kubrick by Kubrick” that utilizes his own words to shape the story of his life and career.
Unlike previous docs about the filmmaker, “Kubrick by Kubrick” focuses on information gained from multiple interviews the director had with veteran French film critic Michel Ciment. The audio from the interviews is used alongside footage that has been given to the filmmakers via Kubrick’s family.
The new documentary is from director Grégory Monro. Previously, the filmmaker worked on projects such as “Calamity Jane: Wild West Legend,” “Michel Legrand: Let the Music Play,” and “Racing Through Life – Toulouse-Lautrec.”
“Kubrick by Kubrick” was expected to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. With that event postponed (possibly canceled) due to COVID-19, it’s unclear when audiences might be able to check out the documentary. Currently, the film is seeking distribution and is being sold by Mediawan.
Here’s the synopsis of the film:
Stanley Kubrick’s mark on the legacy of cinema can never be measured. He was a giant in his field, his great works resembling pristine pieces of art, studied by students and masters alike, all searching for answers their maker was notoriously reticent to give. While he’s among the most scrutinized filmmakers that ever lived, the chance to hear Kubrick’s own words was a rarity-until now. Unspooling exclusive new recordings of detailed interviews with the mythic director spanning 30 years that ruminate on his philosophies, documentarian Grégory Monro weaves a tapestry of archival footage with the rhythm and care of a consummate historian relishing in his discoveries. No stranger to investigating legends of the screen, Monro’s exuberant and lyrical cinematic essay is vital. Taking viewers on a journey beyond Jupiter, Kubrick by Kubrick celebrates the essence of what film means to those who make it-and those who watch.