Celebrating Stanley Kubrick’s Genius at This Museum

Istanbul

Stanley Kubrick is arguably one of the most brilliant directors the world has ever seen. Travelers can celebrate Kubrick’s genius and life in this museum.

Istanbul Cinema Musezi or the Istanbul Film Museum, that’s the museum’s official name. In this museum, a collection of memorabilia belonging to renowned director Stanley Kubrick is being exhibited from the first film to the last film before his death.

There is even a collection of films that he has not had time to release, but Kubrick suddenly died. Stanley Kubrick himself is known to be born on July 26, 1928 and died on March 7, 1999 at the age of 70 years due to a heart attack.

Long before the names of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese were famous and considered as ‘gods’ in the world of cinema, there was the name Stanley Kubrick who first emerged as the best in the world of directing.

Many of Kubrick’s films are recognized for their awesomeness, even with all their controversies. Take, for example, the film Lolita about a grown man who falls in love with a 12 year old girl, Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov.

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Or when Kubrick worked on a horror film called The Shining in 1980 which has terrorized many movie fans with its gruesome scenes. The film is also Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Stephen King.

During his time as a director, Kubrick’s cold hands have produced phenomenal films. Call it Fear and Desire, Paths of Glory, The Killing, Dr Strangelove, Spartacus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Full Metal Jacket to Eyes Wide Shut.

“Kubrick is a perfectionist. He dedicated his life to managing sets and translating his thoughts into films,” said Hazal Hanquet, a film graduate student who was our museum guide at the time.

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According to Hazal’s story, during his lifetime Kubrick could repeat the same scene dozens, even hundreds of times just to get the picture he wanted. He is also known as a very detailed person.

All the scenes we see in his films, he first drew with black and white sketches on paper. Then he will make sure the interpretation of the sketch is exactly what it will show in the film. It’s a dedication that is not kidding from a film director of Kubrick’s caliber.

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Oh yes, apart from exhibiting the life of Stanley Kubrick, the Istanbul Film Museum also houses a collection of famous Turkish films from time to time. The costumes, memorabilia, everything is in this museum.

Even cooler, there is a section of the museum that displays films that were shot in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Not only Turkish films, there are also films from abroad. Plus, there’s a mockup of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar showing the location where the film was shot.

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Even more sophisticated, by using the Ipad that has been provided there, a traveler just needs to scan the QR Code to watch a snippet of the film which was filmed in the largest market in Istanbul. Sophisticated and Cool!

An exhibition featuring a collection of Stanley Kubrick’s films will be exhibited at the Istanbul Film Museum until March 1, 2023. Travelers who are on vacation to Turkey can stop by this museum to see the exhibition at the Istanbul Film Museum.

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