The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has been revoltingly unfaithful to you, I’m afraid.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
The internet situation in my temporary hotel in Juan de Pins, just outside of Cannes, is what the Egyptians of old would have called “fucking retarded.” I read that in a book somewhere. So, I have spent about 12 hours trying to download all my emails, fighting with a signal that likes to play peek-a-boo at random times, but I’ve managed to pick up my press badge for the fest and sneak in a screening of Moonrise Kingdom (review forthcoming. Preview: I liked it!), so I’m not a total lazy-ass.
Today’s pic features a quality Stanley Kubrick production that isn’t quite as discussed as his later films… at least not in movie geek circles. Sure, most of us have seen Lolita and most of us think it’s great, but it’s not exactly as quotable as Full Metal Jacket or The Shining or A Clockwork Orange.
When you consider the time in which Lolita was made, the subject matter and how Kubrick handles it, it’s frankly shocking to me that the movie exists.
But it does and it exists with a great central performance by James Mason, no less. Today’s shot is of one of the most iconic scenes from the film, with young Sue Lyon at her most seductive. I love the look on Kubrick’s face… it’s almost like a disapproving parent!
Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending this one along! Click to enlargen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic is repulsive.
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May 18, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST
Thanks for keeping at it!
May 18, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST
Holly shit, the making of that iconic shot. I´m a Kubrick nerd and never saw this one.
May 18, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST
May 18, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST
May 18, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST
Question. It's kind of fascinating. I'm not sure if this is a set or location shot. I would think it's a set, but the trees in the distance is so real looking that it confuses me. Could this be a real location shoot with inside light rigging? Or could it be a regular set inside a warehouse. If it is the latter, kudos to Ken Adams(I'm assuming) the set decorator. Good job.
May 18, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST
you mean in the same way Harry always has a deep and personal connection to everything (along with some rare memorabilia)? yeah I had.
May 18, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST
May 18, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST
..it's a live action game of 'Jump The Barrel. Often played between takes on move sets of yesteryear. A young Jeff Bridges - fresh from the success of his 'T-ron' playing card game- took inspiration and invented 'King Kong's Dong'. Sadly never patented and, well you know the rest..when the video game era came he was left behind..
May 18, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
This should be fun.
May 18, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST
Directors better that Kubrick? well Uwe Boll of course... Michael Bay...Brett Ratner..questions to easy
I jest of course.
May 18, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST
May 18, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST
I think the Coen brothers are getting there.
May 18, 2012, 8 a.m. CST
But only a notch.
May 18, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST
He is like wine, and if continues fine tuning his craft the way he has i would rate him above Kubrick. And there arnt many above Kubrick.
May 18, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST
That's a dead munchkin left over from The Wizard of Oz. You know, the ones that hanged themselves.
May 18, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST
tuna sandwich with lots of mayonnaise. Just the way you like it."
May 18, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST
by Mark Perry
May 18, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST
at area 51 kubricks set for the fake moon landings still stand..........full of the bones of dead munchkins.
May 18, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST
Stephen Spielberg dies and gets to the gates of heaven, he goes to walk in and St Peter stops him and points to a sign which reads 'No Directors allowed'. Speilberg looks at the people walking by and spots a bearded man in glasses and a parker coat wandering through the gates. He says to St Peter 'what about that guy over there? thats Stanley Kubrick!' St Peter Replies 'No thats God, he only thinks he's Stanley Kubrick'
May 18, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST
Who ruined it by inserting his Peter Sellers Schtick.
May 18, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
...Like a fist, pointing east.
May 18, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST
The guy from Nickleback dies and goes up to the gates of heaven. St. Peter stops him and points to a sign that says ''No Rock Stars Allowed.'' Nickleback dude is crushed, but looking through the gates he sees Bono, wearing leather and his fly glasses and everything, lazily flying around in heaven. ''Whoa wait, Bono's dead? Why does he get to be here?'' he cries. St. Peter looks over his shoulder and goes ''Oh, no, that's God. He just likes to pretend he's Bono.'' The guy from Nickleback then spends eternity burning in the unimaginable, merciless fires of Hell.
May 18, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
Better .... no...but his track record is pretty impressive with a short amount of films...Paul Thomas Anderson.
Tom Cruise did get him a meeting with Kubrick during filming of Eyes Wide Shut, and Kubrick has beenlisted as an influence.
May 18, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST
This was Syd Cain, the guy who would do the Bond films that Adam skipped. Cain did FRWL and OHMSS and L&LD -- kind of the more down to earth ones. Really good designer, but not with the special stuff
May 18, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
May 18, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST
is lost in the age of internet porn to anyone under 50 (maybe 40) years old. When the movie was being made, it was a volitile kinderbox. Kubrick pulls it off(without having to show the "dirty" stuff), and improves on the novel , I think. FYI -- Nabokov loved the Sellers stuff in the movie. Kubrick tackled issues and ideas with his movies, no moviemaker today is allowed to do that freely in this studio system; really hard to make comparisons.
May 18, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST
Nobody played a flowsey old tramp better than her.
May 18, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
Heh-heh! Did you mean "tinderbox?" Because "kinderbox" sounds like some kind of evil Freudian slip.
May 18, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
We find ourselves in agreement on this.
May 18, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
Completely misses the point and tone of one of the greatest novels ever written.
May 18, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST
Stanley Kubrick's "2001" is the greatest sci/fi movie of all time, and fuck the idiots on this thread who call him overrated. Really, fuck you. Yes, I am an asshole, but I can't argue the facts. The man knew how to fucking tell a story on film! He took as long as he needed to.
May 18, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
Lolita really is far too tame for the subject material that it's based on. Great film, but it always makes me wonder how much better it could have been if it were made after the production code era.
May 18, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST
People just don't get pederasts.
May 18, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST
Most of the gen public doesn't give a fuck. Yep, Kubrick rules. Even if he was a bastard.
May 18, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST
She gave all us adolescent boys a tight crotch, even if we didn't understand why at the time. Fond memories of her films, even if she did go wackadoo and marry a convicted murderer, meeting and falling for him while he was behind bars. And no, it didn't end happily ever after.
May 18, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST
I was going to say Barry Lyndon, but then I remembered he managed to cut off Ryan O'Neal's leg in it. Never mind.
May 19, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST
From the brief snippets I've read about her life, it was a sad one. But my god, what she was heaven in Night of the Iguana.
May 19, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST
May 19, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST
This is the best picture I've ever seen on this column. Thank you. Kubrick is pretty much on an island alone. Kurosawa would probably be with him if he could have ever had some decent financing to make some different kinds of films. Herzog and Lean are just barely below the top tier.
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