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Variable zooms in 2001: A Space Odyssey

It turns out this was an incorrect interpretation - see other answers below - it was based on a principle of no-parallax [perspective shift], but was actually achieved in another way, which also, ...
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Why were certain shots deliberately paced slowly in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

I think there are five related and self-reenforcing effects that the pacing in 2001 has. The first two are related to Kubrick's general intentions to make an artistic film; the others are related ...
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Dr. Strangelove: Nuclear Bombs and Special Effects

The shots of the plane exterior & interior were done using the same method, just on two different scales. The exterior is a model, the interior is a full-size set, of course. Rear Projection is a ...
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Was Andrei Smyslov named as an homage to chess champion Vasily Smyslov?

Wikipedia claims that it was, and cites this 1999 article from chess site ChessBase. However, the article doesn't provide any proof beyond what you've already stated: that Kubrick was a "chess ...
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What is the importance of background music in A Clockwork Orange?

From Interview with Stanley Kubrick regarding A Clockwork Orange by Philip Strick & Penelope Houston (Sight&Sound, Spring 1972): Question: To what extent do you rationalise a shot before ...
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2001 A Space Odyssey. Dave’s clothes and food change while watching the news

They are two different people, though admittedly they do look somewhat similar and you don't see them both very clearly for very long. The scene follows the crew member in the uniform as he climbs ...
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In Dr. Strangelove, what is the device Soviet Ambassador Sadesky uses near the end of the film?

Seems like it's supposed to be a spy camera. It was a common trope in the 60s that a camera could be hidden in a watch or similar small object. Note the shutter click noise when he pushes the lever, ...
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Meaning behind "Our source was The New York Times"

It's explained in the Dr. Strangelove's explanation: The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret Then the General says Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday ...
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Why was Kubrick nominated for a Razzie?

This was the first edition, and judging by its history as presented on the Wikipedia page it seems to have been rather improvisational: American publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held ...
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Variable zooms in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Its not a zoom. Its a motorised (selsyn) track back on a huge 8x4 ft print of a large format probably 5/4 still of the model interior of Space Station 5 stuck on glass and shot pretty much the way ...
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Why were certain shots deliberately paced slowly in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Kubrick was going for as much verisimilitude as he could get out of the various space scenes. Space is a vacuum - there is no medium for sound - so Kubrick shot these scenes with no sound except for ...
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Who placed the mask on the bed in Eyes Wide Shut?

His wife found where he had hidden it and wondered about it and had placed it on the bed before falling asleep. She knows something strange is going on, and now he knows that she knows, which is why ...
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Dr. Strangelove: Nuclear Bombs and Special Effects

The interior cockpit was a very detailed and accurate set. From "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove", a documentary included with the 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD of the film, ...
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Dr. Strangelove: Nuclear Bombs and Special Effects

The footage of nuclear explosions at the end comes from actual footage filmed during actual U.S. atomic weapons tests. This footage is considered to be in the public domain, thus the reason why ...
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Variable zooms in 2001: A Space Odyssey

I'm not submitting this as an answer, just an addition, as I realize a lot of the interesting chat is in comments, that might one day get lost. This video features interviews and quotes from both ...
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Had Slim Pickens and Kubrick worked together prior to Dr Strangelove?

Kubrick only has the following credits in iMDB prior to Strangelove: Lolita (1962) Spartacus (1960) Paths of Glory (1957) The Killing (1956) Killer's Kiss (1955) The Seafarers (1953) Fear and Desire (...
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What is the importance of background music in A Clockwork Orange?

For me the music in A Clockwork Orange represents Alex emotional and mental states. Although he is in intense situations, his behavior kinda follows the music. This clip from the movie is very clear ...
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