Episode 7: ON DIRECTING with actor Zandy Hartig of HBO’s Mosaic & Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital

Episode 7: ON DIRECTING with actor Zandy Hartig of HBO’s Mosaic & Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital

Actor Zandy Hartig talks about what it’s like to be directed by the likes of Soderbergh, and the good and bad of being directed by a genius like Kubrick.

 

 

Vinessa Shaw with Tom Cruise in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

(If anyone has the clip of this whole scene I’ll post it. Thanks!)

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An interview with Vinessa Shaw in Collider, in which she talks about being directed by Kubrick.

 

One of the trailers for Soderbergh’s Mosaic, in which Zandy has a role.

 

Zandy Haritig up front, in blue, with the cast of the Emmy award-winning (and goddamned funny) Childrens Hospital.

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Episode 6: DOPEY, GOOFY & SEXISM with Megan Dooley

Episode 6: DOPEY, GOOFY & SEXISM with Megan Dooley

Megan and I discuss ghost wasps and ghost lamps, plus a whole conversations about sexism and how it relates to the Kubrick world.

 

 

Dopey decal, present and missing.

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Goofy doll in the background, Shelly reflecting the doll. Shoes, too!

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Vivian Kubrick on the set of A Clockwork Orange.

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The amazing Adrienne Corri, who starred as Mrs. Alexander in A Clockwork Orange.

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Kubrick’s Lolita had her as a brat, completely complicit in the affair with an innocent (Kubrick’s words!) Humbert Humbert. I will soon post an essay on Lolita.

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The Babadook is currently on Netflix and in many public libraries.

 

 

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Episode 5: DANNY & TONY & LEON with Filmworker doc producer Elizabeth Yoffe & NYer cartoonist Joe Dator

Episode 5: DANNY & TONY & LEON with Filmworker doc producer Elizabeth Yoffe & NYer cartoonist Joe Dator

Documentary producer Elizabeth Yoffe discusses Danny Lloyd and his acting coach Leon Vitali, the subject of Filmworker. Bonus: Joe Dator!

 

 

Article announcing Danny Lloyd’s casting in Kubrick’s film.

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Danny Lloyd with Kubrick

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One of Polanski’s innovations in Rosemary’s Baby was the odd cropping of framed subjects, or their being turned away from the camera. This added to a feeling of disorientation and paranoia for the audience. Kubrick may have borrowed this idea in his shot of Danny in the bathroom, with his face cut out of the scene.

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Leon Vitali starred as Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon (enters this scene at 1:20, in green). He was also Red Cloak in Eyes Wide Shut.

 

Article in the Daily Beast about Filmworker

 

Click on this image to go to the Filmworker website

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Episode 4: POPPING OFF HEADS & STACKING BODIES with Tasha Robinson of Next Picture Show & Bob J. Koester of Immunities

Tasha Robinson and Bob J. Koester ponder the characters’ motivations and eyebrows in this unusual interview scene.

 

 

Jack Nicholson with crazy hair at the beginning of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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Jack Nicholson as The Joker trying to pass for normal.

 

Trivia that just occurred to me, post-taping: Pat Hingle, who starred as Bill Watson in the 1997 miniseries version of The Shining, played Commissioner Gordon in the Tim Burton’s Batman, which also starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker.

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Grady Twins interview!

 

Kubrick’s take on ghosts.

 

Shelley Duvall talks about the unflattering lenses Kubrick used.

 

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Episode 3: SHINING WARS with Pete the Retailer from Star Wars Minute & Joe Dator

We explore the surprising overlap of Star Wars and The Shining, along with analysis of Jack, eagles, and the mysterious Bill Watson. Bonus: Plenty of arguing.

 

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrificed his life when he saw that Luke, Leia, Han and the others could escape the Death Star in this pivotal scene.

 

Kubrick, clearly troubled by the burned-to-the-ground Colorado Lounge set.

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Bill Watson’s pants seem to change. Supernatural or sloppy?

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Eagle statue behind Ullman’s desk.

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We loves us some Barry Dennen.

 

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Episode 2: SAD SANDWICHES AND HAPPY CONSPIRACIES with cinephile Megan Dooley

Megan Dooley and I stroll through the Overlook, hang out in the office, discuss some ghostly weirdness, and then have a terrible sandwich with Wendy, Danny and Tony.

 

 

One of many stories about Kubrick and his obsession with his cats and other pets.

 

This seems to be the painting outside of Ullmann’s office (or one version of it), titled “The Great Mother.” The Native American artist’s name is Norval Morisseau. More on him in another episode!

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The conspiracy erection. We’re not buying it, although Ullmann certainly IS glad to see him.

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Here’s a link to some evidence to my own Shining conspiracy theory, about Ullmann.

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Danny’s phaser, which apparently will be of no use to him.

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Kubrick’s constant use of cartoon characters and fairy tale references was likely influenced by his reading the 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim, which he studied with his co-writer Diane Johnson. Bettelheim turned out to be a fraud and child abuser. Ultimately, a fascinating story of sociopathic power that ruined countless lives.

Wikipedia entry on Bruno Bettelheim

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Saul Bass’s wonderful original poster. Sufficiently scared a young Megan.

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Episode 1: ELECTRIC BLUE CREDITS with New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator and cinephile Megan Dooley

We look at the first two minutes and thirty-seven seconds of Kubrick’s masterpiece. The music! The flying! The credits! More weird trivia than you can shake an axe at!

 

 

This album was huge.

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The version of the Dies Irae that inspired the opening of The Shining begins at 3:30.

 

Scatman Crothers in one of his most beloved roles.

 

“Horn.” [pause] “Toad.” (The password was “trombone.”)

 

He’s not actually in the opening credits, he barely says a word in the movie, but we love him anyway:  Mr. Barry Dennen.

 

It’s all about the music.

 

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