1928 – Born on July 26th in New York, New York. American motion-picture director and writer whose films are characterized by a cool, formal visual style, meticulous attention to detail, and a detached, often ironic pessimism.
1945 – Having become interested in photography in high school, Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine at age 17.
1951 – His first film, The Day of the Fight, is a short documentary about the boxing world.
1953 – His first feature-length film, Fear and Desire, dealt with World War II.
1957 – Paths of Glory, a story of military injustice in the French army during World War I, brought Kubrick into prominence as a director.
1960-1964 – After Spartacus, a historical epic, Kubrick made Lolita, based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov; Dr. Strangelove, which turned the possibility of a nuclear war into a grim joke.
1968-1999 – The film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which earned an Academy Award for special visual effects; A Clockwork Orange, based on the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess; Barry Lyndon, based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel of manners; The Shining, a horror film based on the novel by Stephen King; Full Metal Jacket, about the Vietnam War; and the posthumously released Eyes Wide Shut, an exploration of marital fidelity and sexuality.
– Died on March 7th in Childwickbury Manor, near St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.