When people ask actors and directors and authors who their influences are, I always feel like those people answer with the names they think are most appropriate. That's why I love when there's evidence, like this fan letter, that predates the fame of the adoring fan. In 1960, at 31 years of age, Stanley Kubrick wrote a letter to Ingmar Bergman praising the filmmaker's vision and skill.
I believe you are the greatest film-maker at work today. Beyond that, allow me to say you are unsurpassed by anyone in the creation of mood and atmosphere, the subtlety of performance, the avoidance of the obvious, the truthfullness and completeness of characterization. To this one must also add everything else that goes into the making of a film.
The letter is available in full with a transcript over at Letters of Note. Link
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