Keep Your Eyes Wide Shut and Glued on These Stanley Kubrick Facts
You know Stanley Kubrick was a famously meticulous director. But did you know that he once made Shelley Duvall do a single shot 127 times during the making of The Shining? In the scene, Duvall was being menaced by Jack Nicholson, and Kubrick felt the best way to get a convincing performance was to make her repeat it over and over until she was legitimately exhausted and frazzled. That’s just one of the Kubrickian facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Kubrick was famous for the detail he put into his sets. He spent $750,000 of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s $10.5 million budget on a single set: The rotating, circular deck of the space ship. (Not surprisingly, the film went over budget.) He was also notorious for shoots going way longer than planned because of his intense perfectionism. His final film, Eyes Wide Shut, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “longest constant movie shoot” at 400 days. Over a year!
You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we’ve got some Stanley Kubrick trivia. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next!