We’re in London to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum. Its a collection over 700 items from his films, and we’re pounding the streets of Kensington trying to be on time for our timed tickets to explore costumes, cameras, props and posters, and a chance to get inside the head of the obsessive film maker.

Kubrick’s films are inspirational, the props memorable and the scenes iconic. Everything from Paths of Glory, Lolita Remember Major Kong riding the bomb to thermonuclear death, erotic furniture from the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey is 51 years old and filmed before the first moon landing yet looks like it was filmed yesterday. Full Metal Jacket looks like it was filmed straight off the front line in Vietnam when in reality it was in London. The only thing that could make this exhibition even better is they’ve turned the cafe into the Korova Milk Bar.

The entrance starts with the iconic patterned carpet from the The Overlook Hotel in The Shining with scenes from his films played out, on video walls to the classical score of Also sprach Zarathustra.

Kubrick was an obsessive film maker, detailing in his films took years of research and best shown through the unrealised potential of his work into Napoleon with an extensive card catalogue that revealed his obsessive nature. So obsessive to detail that used fast lenses for the scenes in Barry Lyndon set in candlelight and had suspicion on him as the interior shots on the planes from Dr Strangelove were so accurate.

2001 A Space Odyssey is 50 years old and looks perfect. So perfect that conspiracy theorists, i.e. cranks, insist Kubrick was responsible for faking the Apollo moon landings. Moonwatcher also makes an appearance, at least the original costume, spacesuit and Dave Bowman’s helmet that he clumsily forgot.

A great display for A Clockwork Orange, including the erotic furniture from the Korova Milk Bar, Alex DeLarge’s car, the Durango 95, in reality an M505 Adams Brothers Probe 16, the designs for Alex and his droogs and you also get face to face with a real horrorshow, the ceramic cock that he killed cat woman with.

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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum

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Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

3 Comments

    • On till the 15th September this year. Worth a visit if you are in London, Kensington also has the other fabulous museums i.e. Natural History, Science, Victoria & Albert etc. Would recommend timed tickets for this exhibition if visiting at a weekend as ours was pretty busy for a mid Friday viewing!

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