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‘Six Kinds of Light’: Rare Documentary Illuminates Stanley Kubrick’s Legendary DP

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You might not think of this man when you hear Stanley Kubrick’s name. Here’s why you should.

For all his legendary autocratic tendencies, Stanley Kubrick was not averse to collaboration. Kubrick collaborated with John Alcott, BSC to produce four masterpieces of cinematography. In Alcott, Kubrick found a master of light; a photographer as versatile as the director with whom we worked. Their films — 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and The Shining — are all singular achievements, yet they are united by their fierce originality.

Alcott’s all-too-short career began while working under legendary D.P. Geoffrey Unsworth on the epic, years-long shoot of 2001. Kubrick hand-picked Alcott to take over when Unsworth had to bow out of the production due to conflicting commitments. Alcott worked with Kubrick on the front-projection technique that made the “Dawn of Man” sequence look so realistic, even though it was shot using footage on a soundstage in England. The camerawork in 2001 is so incredible that even today, in the age of movies like Gravity, this film has the power to awe with its imagery.

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via: No Film School

Image Credit: Warner Bros

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