He is frequently cited as one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. His films, which are mostly adaptations of novels or short stories, cover a wide range of genres, and are noted for their realism , dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music. He received average grades, but displayed a keen interest in literature, photography, and film from a young age, and taught himself all aspects of film production and directing after graduating from high school. After working as a photographer for Look magazine in the late s and early s, he began making short films on a shoestring budget, and made his first major Hollywood film, The Killing , for United Artists in This was followed by two collaborations with Kirk Douglas , the war picture Paths of Glory and the historical epic Spartacus
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Though film-making is an intrinsically collaborative discipline, its industry and culture still fetishise the auteur, the lone male genius. And Kubrick was the supreme auteur. But Waterloo , a rival picture featuring Rod Steiger as Bonaparte, bombed at the box office and the studios got cold feet. So Kubrick went off and made A Clockwork Orange instead.
Say what you will about his style, story, or concepts, the man knew how to string a series of images together to form an indelible visual and aural landscape not soon forgotten. His was not a film school education, but education on streets first as a still photographer, wielding his camera for Look magazine as a weapon of war. His photo are extraordinary for their depth, framing, precision, and subtext. Interestingly, they are not always freeform but are often directed and posed and made to look improvisational.