With movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick cemented himself as a master of telling stories through carefully composed shots—a strength that probably came from Kubrick’s longtime interest in photography, which he describes at length in a new short documentary.
“Stanley Kubrick: The Lost Tapes” by YouTube user Jim Casey culls its audio narration from a conversation between Kubrick and writer Jeremy Bernstein—part of Bernstein’s research as he wrote a profile of Kubrick for the New Yorker while Kubrick worked on 2001. (As Open Culture points out, the tapes were only recently discovered.) Before Kubrick launches into an explanation of how he entered into filmmaking (which didn’t start out very lucratively for him), he details what it was like growing up as a “school misfit” who disliked reading and preferred photography. Kubrick says photography taught him a lot about problem solving and “might have been more valuable than doing the proper things in school”—a sentiment that many Kubrick fans would probably agree with.