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Reel Talks: David Mikics on Stanley Kubrick

People sit outdoors and listen to a Reading Room Memoir Panel book event at Bryant Park in New York City.
August 9, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking.

David Mikics, Conversation on Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker

Hosted by Scott Adlerberg, Resident Film Expert

An engrossing biography of one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. 

Kubrick grew up in the Bronx, a doctor’s son. From a young age he was consumed by photography, chess, and, above all else, movies. He was a self-taught filmmaker and self-proclaimed outsider, and his films exist in a unique world of their own outside the Hollywood mainstream. Kubrick’s Jewishness played a crucial role in his idea of himself as an outsider. Obsessed with rebellion against authority, war, and male violence, Kubrick was himself a calm, coolly masterful creator and a talkative, ever-curious polymath immersed in friends and family.

Drawing on interviews and new archival material, Mikics for the first time explores the personal side of Kubrick’s films.An in-depth look at Christopher Nolan, considered to be the most profound, commercially successful director at work today, written with his full cooperation. A rare, revelatory portrait, “as close as you’re ever going to get to the Escher drawing that is Christopher Nolan’s remarkable brain” (Sam Mendes). 

David Mikics is most recently the author of Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Yale Jewish Lives). Critic Molly Haskell described the book as “a joy to read…elegant and penetrating as both biography and film criticism,” and it was praised in the New York Times, the Times of London, the New York Review of Books, National Review, and elsewhere. Mikics is a Moores Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston, as well as a regular columnist for Tablet magazine. He lives in Brooklyn and Houston with his wife and son.