Filmmakers Premiere Kubrick Documentary At Lakewood Public Library
Stanley Kubrick has always been someone cinephiles and filmmakers love to hotly debate. His early masterpiece Paths of Glory is considered by experts to be one of the best-constructed and significant American films, but remains one of the most marginalized. The documentary Anatomy of a Film offers an in-depth analysis of the entire picture. Going beyond anything found in DVD extras, this film features an exclusive introduction by star Kirk Douglas and commentary by producer James Harris and cast member Richard Anderson.
A special screening of Anatomy of a Film will be presented at Lakewood Public Library with Director David Spodak and Producer Charles Moore at 6 p.m. on March 30 in the Lakewood Public Library Main Auditorium.
The project was conceived to study the modern art form of cinema with the same level of concentration often given to literature, music, painting and sculpture. The primary objective is to deepen audience understanding and appreciation for the craft and art of filmmaking by combining the subjects of production, technique and aesthetics with historical perspective. The result is a detailed and enjoyable analysis of a film of indisputable quality.
Moore, a Lakewood resident, took a moment to talk about his latest film.
What drew you to Anatomy of a Film/Paths of Glory?
The opportunity to collaborate with David Spodak and my deep intrigue with Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.
I met David a number of years ago while working on a film project being produced by another filmmaker. That project never materialized (as many don’t) but the take away for me was the personal and professional relationship I was able to establish with David. His depth of knowledge in world cinema and history, combined with his industry experience as a Line Producer and 1st Assistant Director gave the two of us plenty to chat about (and me much to learn from) and we also shared a similar sense of humor which tends to go a long way when working in independent filmmaking. David called me in 2008 and told me about an idea he had to produce a documentary analysis on Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, a film we both loved, but one which remained generally unknown to many filmgoers. If done well, I felt the final outcome of such a detailed analysis would make for an excellent educational tool for individuals studying the craft of filmmaking, as well as being an enjoyable viewing experience for a general audience intrigued by the amount of time, effort, planning, resources and often luck that come into play when making a great motion picture like Paths of Glory.
You’ve been involved in many aspects of filmmaking. What part do you especially love/hate?
Well, my perspective these days is that I may "hate" to "love" all aspects of filmmaking, as it might have been better to stay focused on one specific discipline--hard to say. But, growing up I worked at a movie theatre and became fascinated with the hundreds of names and job titles listed in the final credits of each film. It seemed incredible that it took so many people to put a film together and I was curious to the different facets involved in the production of a motion picture (I still am--it’s a complicated industry). When I became involved with independent filmmaking, I was happy to be involved at any level or position, and eventually the approach of saying, "Sure – I’ll be glad to help out with that," led to a broader range of job responsibilities and opportunities. Over the past few years I’ve become more interested in developing and producing original content from the ground floor, which is a very challenging task at hand, so it may be interesting to ask me the same love/hate question a few years from now when my experiences and opinions are deeper and more formulated, but for now my positive optimism on all things remains in check.
What do you hope the viewer gets from Anatomy of a Film?
Love or hate the films of Stanley Kubrick, there is no denying his prolific passion and unrelenting drive to master techniques in filmmaking to help best realize the stories he wished to convey and share with audiences. Our goal with Anatomy of a Film is to highlight at a high level the thought processes Kubrick developed at this point in his filmmaking career and how he applied learned techniques and decision making to this one specific motion picture. Simply said, Anatomy of a Film looks to provide a deeper audience understanding and appreciation for the craft and art of filmmaking.