25 On-The-Set Facts From Stanley Kubrick Films Most People Don't Know About.

25 On-The-Set Facts From Stanley Kubrick Films Most People Don't Know About.

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10/25. Stanley Kubrick once again made good on his reputation of infamous perfectionist while filming Eyes Wide Shut after shooting a scene with an actor tapping a window. Kubrick liked the scene but was not satisfied with the tapping sound that was recorded. Rather than simply rerecording the sound with a stand-in, he had the same actor flown back to the set to reproduce the sound.

11/25. For Barry Lyndon, Contrary to legend, this film did use artificial lighting in some scenes (for example, when Brian learns he's getting a horse). However, it is true that no electronic lighting was used for the candle-lit scenes. A lens built by the Carl Zeiss company for N.A.S.A., a fifty millimetre Zeiss lens modified with the Kollmorgen adaptor used in still cameras, was used to shoot scenes lit only by candle. This lens had the largest aperture of any ever built for movie use (f/0.7).


12/25. While shooting aerial footage for Dr. Strangelove over Greenland, the second unit camera crew accidentally filmed a secret US military base. Their plane was forced down, and the crew was suspected of being Soviet spies.

13/25. Since the censors would allow nothing close to a suggestion of pedophilia, Lolita's age had to be increased from 12 in Vladimir Nabokov's original novel to 14 for the film. They also objected to a scene where Humbert Humbert was to gaze at Lolita's picture while in bed with her mother Charlotte; in the end, the scene was filmed with Charlotte lying fully dressed on the bed and Humbert lying beside her wearing a robe.

14/25. The snake in A Clockwork Orange, Basil, was introduced into the film by Stanley Kubrick when he found out Malcolm McDowell had a fear of reptiles. This was to make McDowell's character seem more intimidating, and as a practical joke by Kubrick.

15/25. The doctor standing over Alex as he is being forced to watch violent films was a real doctor, ensuring that Malcolm McDowell's eyes didn't dry up.


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