Without a doubt, two of the greatest film directors of the last half century are the late Stanley Kubrick, and Steven Spielberg. Together, these two giants have created some of the memorable movie moments of all time, and also happened to be great friends and huge admirers of one another’s work.
Nevertheless, their styles couldn’t have been more different from each other. One could describe Kubrick’s aesthetic as cerebral and maybe even cold, while Spielberg’s films are usually warm and full of emotion. Kubrick would also labor for years on one single film, whereas Spielberg has practically been a moviemaking factory since hitting it big with Jaws 40 years ago. (It seems crazy, but remember Spielberg reelased Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List both in the same year.)
When Stanley Kubrick passed away in 1999, Spielberg decided to honor his late friend by completing one of the films he never got to make, the sci-fi tale A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Although the final film received mixed responses from fans and critics, one thing was for sure–almost every frame of that film is a tribute to the style and filmography of Kubrick.
Thanks to the folks at Gizmodo, we’ve learned of a Vimeo user named Candice Drouet, who has put together a series of shots from A.I. Artificial Intelligence side-by-side with films by Kubrick so you can see the obvious influences from A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even Kubrick’s most often overlooked film, Barry Lyndon. You can watch the video in its entirety down below.
Had you noticed the similarities between Kubrick’s films and AI before now? Let us know down below in the comments.
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