Portrait in perfectionism

Exhibition offers look at Kubrick's inner workings

For a guy who never traveled much in life, Stanley Kubrick sure is getting around a lot these days.

An ongoing international tour of the helmer’s fabled archives just wrapped its latest stop, at the Flanders Film Fest, having previously visited Berlin, Frankfurt and Melbourne since 2004.

Posting more than 32,000 admissions over three months during the Flanders leg, the exhibition offers a captivating glimpse into the inner workings of the famously reclusive auteur, who, in the 30 years prior to his death in 1999, never ventured outside Blighty and was rarely interviewed.

In addition to a vast ar-ray of props, models and costumes and other rare ephemera from his 13 films, visitors can marvel at the mind-boggling level of research Kubrick pursued. A 12-drawer index-card case devoted to Kubrick’s unrealized biopic of Napoleon, for example, allowed the helmer to identify the French leader’s whereabouts, companions and activities on any given day in his entire life.

Also on display are his intensely annotated scripts, as well as his amusingly curt replies to the many letters of complaint he received during the shoot of the controversy-baiting “Lolita.”

The exhibition next heads to Rome from October until January 2008.

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