Steven Spielberg on the Genius of Stanley Kubrick

"Nobody could make a movie better than Stanley Kubrick--in history," says Steven Spielberg in this revealing 1999 interview with British filmmaker Paul Joyce. Spielberg sat down with Joyce just four months after Kubrick's sudden death from a heart attack. He talks about the emotional effect Kubrick's films had on him when he was a young man, the friendship the two men shared after Spielberg became successful, and Kubrick's James Joyce-like ability to reinvent himself with each new work. "He was a chameleon," Spielberg says. "He never made the same picture twice. Every single picture is a different genre, a different story, a different risk. The only thing that bonded all of his films was the incredible virtuoso that he was with craft."

Note: Paul Joyce filmed similar talks with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the stars of Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut. You can see those interviews by following these links: Cruise; Kidman.

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  • artist dave says:

    “Nobody could make a movie better than Stanley Kubrick–in history,”

    actually Spielberg said
    “nobody could SHOOT a movie better than Stanley Kubrick…”

    as Spielberg was commenting on Kubricks ability to frame and light and compose his scenes.

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