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"What led you into film-making?
Stanley Kubrick: I was born in New York. My father was a doctor. My parents had wanted me to be a doctor but I was such a misfit in high school that when I graduated I didn't have the marks to get into college. So, like almost everything else good that's ever happened to me, by the sheerest stroke of good luck, I had a very good friend on Look Magazine [...]. She asked me if I would like a job [...]. After about six months I was finally made a staff photographer. My highest salary was $105 a week. But I travelled around the country and I went to Europe. I learned a lot about people and things. And then, I made a documentary film called DAY OF THE FIGHT about a boxer called Walter Cartier. It cost me around $3.900 and I sold it to RKO for $4.000. So I thought there was a great future in making documentaries, but I didn't make any money on any of the films I made. Then I made a feature FEAR AND DESIRE and then KILLER'S KISS. That led to THE KILLING, and my association with the producer Jim Harris. We did PATHS OF GLORY and LOLITA together."

Excerpt from an interview by Robert Emmett Ginna, 1960
Published in: The Guardian (London) 16.07.1999.
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Biography Stanley Kubrick

Father: Jacques L. Kubrick
Mother: Gertrude Kubrick, née Perveler

Stanley Kubrick was the son of a doctor. His Jewish paternal grandparents stemmed from Austria and Romania.

1928 Stanley Kubrick is born on July 26, 1938 in The Bronx, New York
1934 Birth of his sister Barbara Kubrick
1938-1940 Attends public school P.S. 90, The Bronx, New York
1941 At the age of 13 Stanley Kubrick receives a Graflex-camera from his father.
1941-1945 Attends the William Howard Taft High School, The Bronx, New York
1945 On June 26 Look buys for $25 a photograph by Stanley Kubrick. It shows a saddened newsventor on the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.
1946 Kubrick becomes a staff photographer for Look (until 1951).
1947 On August 15 Kubrick gains his pilot license.
1948 Marriage to Toba Metz (subsequently divorced)
1949 Moves to Greenwich Village, Manhattan
1951 Kubrick’s first documentary DAY OF THE FIGHT about the boxer Walter Cartier has its premiere in New York
1951 Kubrick directs FLYING PADRE, a short film about a priest who ministers his parish in New Mexico by aeroplane.
1953 Kubrick shoots his first colour film, THE SEAFARERS, a documentary on the Seafarers' International Union.
1953 Kubrick produces and directs his first theatrical feature, FEAR AND DESIRE.
1953 Katharina Christiane born to Christiane Susanne Harlan (Kubrick's future wife) and Werner Bruhns.
1955 Marriage to dancer Ruth Sobotka (subsequently divorced)
1956 Stanley Kubrick and James B. Harris found their own film production company – Harris Kubrick Pictures (until 1963).
1957 During the shooting of PATHS OF GLORY in Munich Stanley Kubrick meets the actress Susanne Christian, née Christiane Susanne Harlan.
1957 Marriage to Susanne Christian
1957 PATHS OF GLORY. The film is officially banned in Switzerland and Israel. Until 1975 no distributor in France dares screen the film.
1958 Birth of daughter, Anya Renata Kubrick, on April 6
1959 At the XII Film Festival in Locarno KILLER’S KISS receives the Golden Sail Award.
1959 Stanley Kubrick meets Vladimir Nabokov, after buying the film rights to his novel Lolita.
1960 Birth of Vivian Vanessa Kubrick, second daughter, on August 5
1961 After filming SPARTACUS Kubrick quits Hollywood and moves to London.
1964 DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. Stanley Kubrick receives the New York Critics Best Film Award.
1964 Kubrick writes to Arthur C. Clarke about the idea of producing a "really good sci-fi movie".
1965 Start of filming of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
1968 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The film receives the Academy Award for Best Special Visual Effects and the British Film Academy Award.
1969 Preparations for the never-realised Napoleon project
1971 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Best Director‘s Award
1974 Due to adverse public reactions and personal threats in connection with A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Kubrick asks Warner Bros. to withdraw the film in Great Britain.
1975 BARRY LYNDON. Receives four Oscars: Cinematography: John Alcott; Art Direction/ Set Decoration: Sir Kenneth Adam, Roy Walker, Vernon Dixon; Music Adaptation: Leonard Roseman; Costume Design: Ulla-Britt Søderlund, Milena Canonero
1985 Death of Stanley Kubrick’s parents
1989 Kubrick commences work on A.I., based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss.
1993 Kubrick works on the adaptation of Louis Begley’s novel Wartime Lies dealing with the fate of a Jewish family during World War II.
1995 Warner Bros. announces EYES WIDE SHUT.
1997 The Directors Guild of America confers upon Stanley Kubrick the D.W. Griffith Award for Lifetime Achievement. In the same year he receives the Golden Lion Award in Venice as a tribute to his work.
1999 Stanley Kubrick dies on March 7 at his home near St. Albans, England.

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