Skip to main content


USA, 2001 (MIFF 2001, Documentaries)

Director: Jan Harlan

The ultimate documentary about one of the most gifted and controversial filmmakers of our time. With the complete cooperation of the Kubrick family and his many friends and colleagues, this is an insightful, considered film, presenting Kubrick as a dedicated family man and incorrigible perfectionist.

Charting Kubrick's career from childhood on through his tenure as a star photographer for book magazine and monumental movie career, this epic documentary is painstakingly thorough and lovingly constructed. Each film is examined in depth, with interviews and anecdotes from cast, crew, family and friends. A star roster of Hollywood names contribute their thoughts on the man; Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Alan Parker. Sydney Pollack, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Ustinov, Alex Cox, Steven Berkoff, Arthur C. Clarke and many more. Illustrative clips from his films have been chosen with great care. As a point of first contact, or for anyone interest in finding out more about Kubrick, this documentary is unsurpassed. A sell-out at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.

See also...


"Arguing that vinyl is the most potentially deadly consumer product on the planet, Blue Vinyl doesn't just draw our attention to the lurking danger. Rather, this enormously entertaining documentary ... More »


They've been called 'The Sunshine Boys of smut' but Dan Sonney and David Friedman are proud of their reputation as groovy grandads who peddled taboo and titillation for decades. Beginning in the 30s ... More »


What the hell do you do? You're a Kiss tribute band called Larger Than Life. Your 'Gene Simmons' goes crazy two weeks before a $5000 gig, is taken away in a straight jacket, shaves his head and finds ... More »


"Hell House goes behind the scenes to chart the tenth year of America's oldest Christian Halloween thrillfest. The perils of abortion, homosexuality, rave culture and more are among the many horrors ... More »


"The world of reality television wouldn't exist without Frederick Wiseman's lingering examinations of fragments of society. And those who've grown up watching such programs should look at this film ... More »


Sister Helen has already collected prizes at Sundance, Chicago and a slew of other film festivals for its harrowing portrayal of a dictatorial nun lording it over a the lives of the downtrodden ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director