In a crime film, it is almost like a bullfight: it has a ritual and a pattern which lays down that the criminal is not going to make it, so that, while you can suspend your knowledge of this for a while, sitting way back in your mind this little awareness knows and prepares you for the fact that he in not going to succeed. That type of ending is easier to accept. —Stanley Kubrick, 1960
I think that a preoccupation with originality of form is more or less a fruitless thing. A truly original person with a truly original mind will not be able to function in the old form and will simply do something different. Others had much better think of the form as being some sort of classical tradition and try to work within it.—Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Any art form properly practiced involves a to and fro between conception and execution, the original intention being constantly modified as one tries to give it objective realization ... in making a movie this goes on between people.—Stanley Kubrick
The perfect novel from which to make a movie is ... the novel which is mainly concerned with the inner life of its characters. It will give the adaptor an absolute compass bearing ... on what a character is thinking or feeling at any given moment ... from this he can invent actions which will be an objective correlative of the books psychological content, and will accurately dramatize this.—Stanley Kubrick
I think it is essential if a man is good to know where he is bad and to show it, or if he is strong, to decide what the moments are when he is weak and to show it. And I think that you must never try to explain how he got that way or why he did what he did.—Stanley Kubrick
I like a slow start, the start that goes under the audience's skin and involves them so that they can appreciate grace notes and soft tones and don't have to be punded over the head with plot points and suspense hooks, —Stanley Kubrick
I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like the words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. —Stanley Kubrick, 1960