Famous, enigmatic film director Stanley Kubrick was born on this day in history. On his list of credits are Killer's Kiss, Dr. Strangelove, Spartacus, Lolita, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
One Monday afternoon, when we were eating our lunches at our desks, I heard Sharon and Rosa talking about movies. Sharon told Rosa that she'd rented a good movie over the weekend and added "this one actor wore me out!" Of course, Rosa asked her what the movie was. Sharon answered, "Full Metal Jacket."
Sharon had rented a video of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam war drama.
If Paths of Glory star Kirk Douglas had been sitting with me listening to Sharon and Rosa, he would've openly wept with joy.
When the famed director/writer died in 1999, a local New York all-news TV station had a piece on his death. The reporter went out onto a street in midtown Manhattan and asked folks for their memories of Kubrick films. I noticed that all the faces speaking looked quite Anglo and upscale. No one black like Sharon and no one who looked Latino like Rosa. But those two young ladies definitely would have had something specific to say in tribute to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
That's why I keep pushing for television to add diversity to its field of film reviewers, film historians and movie hosts. You have to admit, it is a mostly Caucasian field. It was when I was a kid watching TV. It's still mostly color-free today. That's a point TV columnists rarely, if ever, report and investigate. They should investigate it. Film is art. The arts need diversity. Hollywood needs to know that people of color watch the classics too. People of color will pay to see upscale, challenging new releases.
Tomorrow, Saturday July 27th, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory airs at 1:30p ET/10:30a PT on TCM. Sharon, Rosa and I highly recommend that you see it.
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