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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Comprehensive Kubrick Retrospective Coming to Queens in June

Amid the mythology surrounding his nearly 40-year expatriation in England, it can be sort of easy to forget that Stanley Kubrick was a Bronx native who cut his teeth as an NYC street photographer. And while his only real dabbling in New York cinema was 1955’s Killer’s Kiss (count the production-designed Manhattan of Eyes Wide Shut if you must), I guess he did a respectable enough job with his other 11 films to warrant a dynamite upcoming retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image.
The series starts June 3 with curator David Schwartz’s lecture “A Kubrick Odyssey” before moving on to screen each of Kubrick’s feature films (with the exception of his 1953 feature debut Fear and Desire, which Kubrick eventually disowned). The museum will also precede its June 10 and 11 screenings of The Killing with Kubrick’s hard-to-find 1951 short, Day of the Fight; Kubrick biographer Vincent LoBrutto will lecture following the June 10 showing. Meanwhile, Matthew Modine will be in house to chat about Full Metal Jacket on June 17.
The series also includes work by Kubrick’s hero Max Ophüls (La Ronde, which was, coincidentally, based on a play by Eyes Wide Shut source Arthur Schnitzler) and the 75-percent great Spielberg/Kubrick love child, AI: Artificial Intelligence. The retrospective concludes July 8; tickets are available now.

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