Stanley Kubrick: Five legendary stories of the filmmaker 'with the black eyes'

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In Hollywood, there is a cult of Kubrick.

More than any other director, Stanley Kubrick is worshiped among his fellow filmmakers, and that reputation has only grown since his death in 1999. Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and Full Metal Jacket are revered as sacred texts among those who make movies.

Though Kubrick never won a best picture or best director Oscar (his only trophy was for visual effects on 2001), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose to pay tribute to the filmmaker with a special showcase of his films and a reunion of four of his stars, who shared offbeat, funny, and often bizarre stories of the elusive filmmaker.

Malcolm McDowell, who famously played the cheery young psychopath Alex from A Clockwork Orange, was the irreverent host of An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick. ”What was he like to work with?” McDowell told the crowd. “Of course, as an actor, I can tell you he was absolutely extraordinary, if — and it’s a big ‘if’ — he trusted you.”

McDowell said the filmmaker tended to simply project a blank stare when he was unhappy, and almost everyone who spoke at the event recalled being fixed with “those black eyes.”

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