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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day trip to L.A.

We went to LACMA yesterday to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit before it closes at the end of the month.  We saw many of his movies during the 60's and 70s; 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, etc.  I didn't realize until we toured the exhibit, that he also directed Spartacus and Lolita...I didn't think  he was old enough.  He was a photographer prior to becoming a moviemaker and many of his photos were published by Look magazine.  If you can get to LACMA before next weekend, it's a wonderful exhibit with props, photos and research on many of the movies.  More recently, he directed one of my husband's favorite movies, Full Metal Jacket, and of course Eyes Wide Shut, that killed Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise's marriage, and the exhibit just gives you a glimpse of the research and preparation that he did for each movie.  Aside:  when I went to New York with friends 6 or 7 years ago, we stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in the Arthur C. Clarke room.  It is said that he wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey in that room.  Also, the black monolith from 2001 (the ape scene) was propped against a wall and reminded us of some of the art of the late 60's...sure enough, it was a sculpture by John McCracken....about 8 or 10 feet tall, certainly not as imposing as it appeared in the movie.  Saw the Levitating Mass outside the museum for the first time; pretty impressive.

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