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Throughout the 1960s-early 1970s, a combination of financial desperation, creative daring, and an adventurous movie-going public had produced a creative detonation in mainstream American movies not seen before or since. Each year of the period seemed to bring at least one mightily ambitious visual experiment by a new contributor to the commercial movie scene, the “look” of that effort being as much a part of its identity as its characters and story. One could pick no better representative of the trend than Stanley Kubrick, for no director of the time so extended the boundaries of mainstream commercial filmmaking, or what it meant to be a mainstream commercial filmmaker.
For the most part, Kubrick’s professional ascent was built on the taking of standard genres – the war story, science fiction tale, sword-and-sandal epic – and twisting them into shapes so singular that each Kubrick outing became an acknowledged one-of-a-kind classic. Paths of Glory »
- Bill Mesce
Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).
Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as »
Bruce Beresford says that by 1980 most Australians had forgotten that their countrymen had fought in the Boer War, and this scathing condemnation of England's scapegoating of commonwealth volunteers had a big impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected Aussie Renaissance features of the late '70s. 'Breaker' Morant Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 773 1980 / Color / 1:78 anamorphic widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald Cinematography Don McAlpine Production Design David Copping Film Editor William S. Anderson <Written by Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens from a play by Kenneth Ross Produced by Matt Carroll Directed by Bruce Beresford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Bruce Beresford's 'Breaker' Morant is one of the stronger entries in the late '70s -- early '80s upsurge of quality movies from Australia and New Zealand. »
- Glenn Erickson
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg collaborated on a surprisingly enjoyable and well-made war movie in the form of 2013’s “Lone Survivor.” That movie wasn’t “Paths of Glory” by any means, but it had an unpretentious, simple charm – not to be confused with simplistic. “Lone Survivor” was a hit for Berg and Wahlberg, and their continued bromance will next be on display with “Deepwater Horizon.” The pair also have an action movie in the works called “Mile 22” with Wahlberg and Ufc fighter Ronda Rousey. Next, the “Ted 2” star will take his Berg-bro back to the beantown homeland for the upcoming “Patriot’s Day,” the next entry in the seemingly ever-expanding roster of films based around the tragic events of the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Read More: David Gordon Green To Direct Boston Marathon Bombing Drama 'Stronger' Marking the first-ever collaboration between CBS Films and "60 Minutes," “Patriot »
- Nicholas Laskin
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.
Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.
So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.
Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity, »
The German filmmaker’s latest feature 13 Minutes dramatises the real-life story of small town carpenter Georg Elser who, in 1939, came close to assassinating Adolf Hitler with a homemade bomb.
The Oscar-nominated Downfall was set at the end of the Second World War, with the Nazi regime in its dying throes. Now, Hirschbiegel wants to turn his attention toward the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18.
“It is very much in the wake of Jean Renoir and of (Stanley) Kubrick,” the German director told ScreenDaily of the project, which is at a very early stage.
Two of its points of reference are Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937), the First World War classic about three French prisoners in German captivity, and Kubrick’s anti-war movie, Paths Of Glory (1957).
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The anti-war tale based on Stanley Kubrick’s unfilmed script will be the first in an ambitious trilogy that charts American history from the wild west era onwards
Marc Forster, the German director of The Kite Runner and World War Z, is to take charge of the first in a trilogy of movies based on Stanley Kubrick’s unfilmed American civil war screenplay The Downslope.
The historical epic centres on the fierce rivalry between Union general George Armstrong Custer and Confederate colonel John Singleton Mosby, nicknamed the Gray Ghost for his stealth and cunning on the battlefield. The screenplay was written by Kubrick in 1956, after the American director’s little-seen 1953 debut feature Fear and Desire and prior to his 1957 first world war period piece Paths of Glory.
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- Ben Child
As reported by Deadline, Stanley Kubrick’s written script for The Downslope will now be made into a film series by World War Z and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, who will serve as producer for all three films and director for the first. Kubrick wrote the script in 1956 after his film Fear and Desire hit theaters, and before he started working on Paths of Glory. The film is said to be “a sweeping, historical action-drama,” according to Deadline, and will revolve around the Civil War. The first film of the trilogy will be based on Kubrick’s script and concept, and the subsequent films will expand on his original ideas and focus on the after-effects of the Civil War.
Kubrick’s death in 1999 has obviously not stopped his ideas from reaching the big screen, as seen with Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. That film was brought about »
As one would expect from the ever audacious, thoughtful filmmaker, there are more than a few projects Stanley Kubrick developed but never brought to the screen. Though efforts have been made in the past to bring his unfinished works to life, namely through Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence or the multiple rumors over the years to satisfy his vision of Napoleon in the form of a film or mini-series, most were put to rest with the filmmaker back in 1999. But apparently one of his earliest unmade screenplays -- 1956's The Downslope -- was dusted off the shelves somewhere in Hollywood recently, and director Marc Forster (World War Z) has decided to take a stab at bringing Kubrick's lost script to the screen. And because it's Hollywood, it'll be not just one film but an entire trilogy. Forster's only attached to direct the first, but plans to produce all three installments, »
- Will Ashton
One of late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's unproduced screenplays, entitled The Downslope, is now being developed as a movie trilogy, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z). The director will also produce alongside Philip Hobbs (Full Metal Jacket) and Steve Lanning (The Secret Garden), who hold the rights to the script, with the project moving forward with the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Lauren Selig (Black Mass), Barry Levine (Hercules) and Reneé Wolfe (All I See Is You) are also producing and developing the script with Marc Forster.
The Downslope is described by The Wrap as a "cautionary, anti-war tale". The story follows a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth and elusiveness. His cavalrymen, Mosby's Rangers, continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, »
Stanley Kubrick lives on, not only in his classic movies, but also in his unproduced screenplay, The Downslope. The movie is now being developed into a trilogy of “sweeping, period action-dramas based on historical events,” specifically, the Civil War. The movie, which Kubrick wrote between Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory, “focuses on a bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth and elusiveness. His cavalrymen, known as Mosby’s Rangers, continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, which enraged Custer and eventually created a fierce cycle of revenge between the two men.” When paired with Kubrick’s vigorous research, (the movie “was developed with renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote, Kubrick’s story is based on historical events. Deeply passionate about the time period, »
- Matt Goldberg
Forster will direct the first film and will develop and produce all three after Selig negotiated a deal with rights holders Phil Hobbs and Steve Lanning, who will also serve as producers.
The producers said The Downslope has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family and is styled as a sweeping anti-war action-drama that Kubrick wrote after the release of Fear And Desire and before he directed Paths Of Glory.
The story focuses on a series of American Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost.
Kubrick initially developed the story with the Civil War historian Shelby Foote. The successive films will expand upon Kubrick’s original story as post-war »
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Written in 1956 following the release of Kubrick's allegorical war film “Fear and Desire,” "The Downslope" was a sweeping Civil War action-drama based on historical events. But Kubrick chose to direct instead his Ww I anti-war Oscar-winner “Paths of Glory." "The Downslope" was another cautionary, anti-war tale, that was originally developed with renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote, who later collaborated with documentarian Ken Burns on his hugely popular PBS series "The Civil War." Forster (“Finding Neverland,” “Monsters Ball") is attached to direct and produce the first in the series and will produce the remaining features. Producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are developing the material with Forster. Selig initiated the project with rights holders Phil Hobbs (“Full Metal Jacket”) and Steve Lanning, who are also producers on the project, which has the full support of the Kubrick »
- Anne Thompson
Though Stanley Kubrick passed away in 1999, movies bearing his name are still working their way to the big screen. Marc Forster, who directed Paramount’s tentpole World War Z, has become attached to direct and produce a movie based on the 2001: A Space Odyssey auteur’s 1956 screenplay The Downslope.
The pic will be the first in a planned trilogy based on the script (Forster won’t direct the latter two installments, but he will produce all entries alongside Lauren Selig, Barry Levine, Reneé Wolfe, Phil Hobbs and Steve Lannning).
The Downslope was written in between Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory. Also a cautionary, anti-war tale, it centers on some key battles in the Civil War fought between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby. The latter was so renowned for his stealth and cunning that he was nicknamed the Gray Ghost, leading a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lauren Selig (“Lone Survivor”), Barry Levine (“Oblivion”) and Reneé Wolfe (“All I See Is You”) will be producing with Forster. Selig initiated the project with producers/rights holders Phil Hobbs (“Full Metal Jacket”) and Steve Lanning, who are also serving as producers.
The movie has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Kubrick wrote the script following the release of his allegorical war film “Fear and Desire” and prior to directing his World War I drama “Paths of Glory.” Both films were cautionary, anti-war stories.
“The Downslope” centers on a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah »
- Dave McNary
Marc Forster will direct a film based on Stanley Kubrick's 1956 screenplay The Downslope. The film will be the first in a planned trilogy based on Kubrick's script. Forster will also produce the trilogy along with Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe. Selig initiated the project with producers and rights holders Phil Hobbs and Steve Lanning, who are also serving as producers on the project. The Kubrick family is supporting the project. Kubrick wrote The Downslope following the release of his Fear and Desire, and prior to directing his Wwi period piece Paths of Glory. The anti-war story
- Rebecca Ford
Having survived the legions of undead (and, more critically, the bad buzz) of World War Z, Marc Forster would be forgiven for sticking to projects with little chance of pressure beyond the usual filmmaking issues for a while. But no, he’s now attached to a project that is not only based on a Stanley Kubrick script, but aims to forge a trilogy from the story. The script in question is Kubrick’s 1956 effort The Downslope, written following the release of Fear And Desire, and before he went on to make Paths Of Glory. It’s a critique of conflict framed by the tale of American Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby. The latter was known as the Gray Ghost for his stealthy tactics, with his cavalrymen able to outsmart the much larger enemy forces. It’s all based on historical events, »
"World War Z" and "Quantum of Solace" helmer Marc Forster is attached to direct and produce the first film in a proposed film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's original 1956 screenplay "The Downslope".
The project is described as a a sweeping, historical anti-war action-drama which Kubrick penned between the release of his early films "Fear and Desire" and "Paths of Glory". Kubrick spent years developing and writing the story, creating detailed notes about how to film it and using the help of renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote.
The story focuses on the bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
Mosby's cavalrymen continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, enraging Custer and setting both on a course for fierce revenge. With the expansion to a trilogy, the films will »
- Garth Franklin
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. The First World War was one of the greatest, most terrible conflicts and losses of life in the history of humanity, but curiously, it's been relatively under-represented on screen, aside from a smattering of pictures like Oscar-winner "All Quiet On The Western Front," Stanley Kubrick's "Paths Of Glory," Peter Weir's "Gallipoli," and most recently, Steven Spielberg's "War Horse." Perhaps it's because it was less of a just war than its bigger sequel, perhaps it's that it was a particularly gruesome slog of mud and sacrifice, perhaps it was because America only entered the war three years in, but there's no doubt that the conflict has been seen in the movies much less than WWII, or even Vietnam. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For 'Testament Of Youth' Starring Kit Harington & Alicia Vikander This year, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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