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The Stanley Kubrick collection

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Threat advisory: 2001: a space oddessy

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Proclaimed by Steven Spielberg as the formative big bang of his filmmaking generation, this is regarded by most as Stanley's master work. Though he was nominated for an Academy Award many times, this is the film for which he brought one home. Dazzling in its visual effects, this futuristic take on man's place in the universe was years ahead of its time, forever breaching the boundaries of what could be in the world of film.

Review: 2001: A space oddessy.

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G

Threat advisory: Barry Lyndon

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In a total break from the accepted technique for film lighting. Stanley made the whole film using the natural candle light of the period. The result is a lush and beautiful piece, drawing parallels with his early work as a photographer for Look magazine. Ryan O'Neal stars as an 18th century lad, determined to achieve status via every means at his disposal. As such he is everything to everybody - a pining suitor, a duellist, a vagabond, a soldier in the Seven Years War, a spy and a card shark.

Security censorship classification

PG

Threat advisory: Doctor Strangelove (or "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb")

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USA Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely and utterly mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the USSR. He suspects that the Communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. The USA president meets with his advisors, where the Soviet Ambassador tells him that if the USSR is hit by nuclear weapons, it will trigger a "Doomsday Device" which will destroy all plant and animal life on Earth. Peter Sellers portrays the three men who might avert this tragedy: British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to the demented General Ripper; USA President Merkin Muffley, whose best attempts to divert disaster depend on placating a drunken Soviet Premier; and the former Nazi genius Doctor Strangelove, who concludes that "such a device would not be a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious". Will the bombers be stopped in time, or will General Jack Ripper succeed in destroying the world?

Security censorship classification

PG

Threat advisory: Full metal jacket

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Hailed as the definitive comment on America's Waterloo - the Vietnam war - this is the second-to-last film Stanley made. A harrowing account starring Matthew Modine as Joker, Adam Baldwin as Animal Mother, Vincent D'Onofrio as Gomer, Dorian Harewood as Eight Ball and Arliss Howard as Cowboy, Full metal jacket pays no homage to the heroism of war. Using a real ex-marine (lee Ermey) to play the savage drill sergeant, Stanley pulls no punches as he takes you from the rigours of basic training to the hell of actual combat.

Security censorship classification

R 18+

Threat advisory: Killer's kiss

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One of his very first film achievements, independently produced by Kubrick with money borrowed from friends. A darkly brooding tale about Davy Gordon, a down-on-his-luck boxer who falls in love with a beautiful dancer working in a seedy nightclub. When they attempt to leave New York to start anew, Davy finds himself at odds with Vince, the club owner, and the scene is set for a bloody confrontation.

Security censorship classification

PG

Threat advisory: The killing

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At Stanley's insistence, the panning and tracking shots were filmed with a 25 mm lens - the widest then available. One of the first films to successfully employ a non-linear storytelling technique, this is billed as one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made. When ex-con Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) plans a daring racetrack robbery, he looks forward to a life of fortune. But he hasn't counted on dames like Sherry Peatty (Marie Windsor) - a money-hungry vixen who has devious plans of her own.

Security censorship classification

PG

Threat advisory: Lolita

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The original and still the best, Vladimir Nabokov personally adapted his most controversial novel for this Stanley classic. James Mason as the sexually-obsessed writer who weds Charlotte (a stunning performance by Shelley Winters) to satisfy an unhealthy desire for her teenage daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon). Matching him at each twist and turn, Peter Sellers is equally brilliant as the doomed chameleon Clare Quilty. See also Lolita.

Security censorship classification

M

Threat advisory: Paths of glory

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Kirk Douglas plays Colonel Dax, a French general staffer who has been ordered to take The Ant Hill at any cost. But Dax knows it's a suicide mission and when three soldiers are charged with cowardice and mutiny for avoiding the fray, he is enlisted to fight the unwinnable fight and help save them from the firing squad. Regarded as the masterpiece of anti-war films, Paths of glory still stands as one of the best films in the genre.

Security censorship classification

PG

Threat advisory: The shining

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Co-adapted for the screen by the master of horror himself, Stephen King, this suspense filled horror epic gave Jack Nicholson one of his most famous characters to date. As the menacing Jack Torrance, he plays to the hilt the role af a man driven mad by the demons that lurk in his winter idyll. Shelly Duvall is wonderful as Jack's terrified wife and in a performance of great maturity and control, Danny Lloyd provides the psychic link to the ghosts that hold the isolated Overlook Hotel to ransom.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+

Not for public release in Australia before date

5 July 1999

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