Art for The Shining That Didn't Pass The Kubrick Test



Legendary film director Stanley Kubrick was famous for being a perfectionist. Kubrick took being exacting to extremes, sometimes shooting 50 to 100 takes of any given scene. His research was thorough to the point of being obsessive.

Kubrick's preferred level of control extended beyond the scripts, filming and movie sets. Shown here is one example of Kubrick's oversight: his selection of art for film posters and publicity spots. The image above is Kubrick's final selection for the art to represent The Shining, illustrated by Saul Bass, who also did work for Otto Preminger and Alfred Hitchcock. Only a few of Bass' art proposals rejected by Kubrick are shown here. On each rejected submission, Kubrick wrote his points of contention. 

My favorite drawing is the maze, which was refused by Kubrick because he didn't want so much emphasis put on the maze. I suppose that's just one reason why I'm not among the most highly regarded film directors of all time. Which do you like best? Via Open Culture.





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