Academy, L.A. museum to host first U.S. Kubrick retrospective

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It’s been more than 13 years since Stanley Kubrick died of a heart attack in 1999, and the 2001: A Space Odyssey director’s films still blast the minds of fans and movie lovers from Hollywood to Tokyo.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced Thursday they will co-present the first-ever American retrospective of Kubrick.

The exhibit side of the retrospective, to include archival material, photos, costumes, cameras and props, runs Nov. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 at the Los Angeles museum. Throughout those eight months, there will be multiple events highlighting Kubrick’s career. To launch the film retrospective, Malcolm McDowell, who starred as the gleefully sadistic Alex in Kubrick’s 1971 opus A Clockwork Orange, will host “An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick,” featuring film clips and a conversation, at the Academy’s Beverly Hills base on Nov. 7.

“This is a major step in the Academy’s plan to create a premier movie museum in Los Angeles,” said Hawk Koch, the Academy’s president. “We are pleased to co-present this retrospective with LACMA which will provide visitors the opportunity to experience Kubrick’s iconic work as well as his influence on our culture.”

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Kubrick’s many films, full of sleek — at times psychedelic — imagery and psychologically intense word play, include 1987’s Vietnam War thriller Full Metal Jacket, with Matthew Modine, 1964’s Dr. Strangelove, 1962’s Lolita, 1980’s The Shining, possibly featuring Jack Nicholson’s most terrifying performance to date, and 1999’s erotic Eyes Wide Shut, starring the then soon-to-be-split couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

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