Tue
Sep 7 2010 6:31pm

The Giant Zardozian Head of Stanley Kubrick

If all were lost and I found myself red-thonged and rifle-bound as the giant Zardozian head of Stanley Kubrick roiled over the ruined horizon, I would chase it forever till the end of the earth. Kubrick’s films offer a stunning portrait of isolation and spiritual angst few others manage to achieve with such edge and elegance. Grounded in both the pulverant physicality of the little moments while also speaking to our loftiest concepts is a rare achievement, but one Kubrick manages in each of his films beautifully. As a storyteller watching his films, I feel like a dusty, cod-eyed ape triumphantly railing my newfound bone weapon against a backdrop of something far bigger than I could ever conceive... and my heart is warmed greatly by it.

Illustration by Greg Ruth


From Greg Ruth’s 52 Weeks project—offering a drawing and a few words once a week, every week. Follow him on Twitter and check out his Etsy store.

4 comments
james loyd
1. gaijin
"Kubrick’s films offer a stunning portrait of isolation and spiritual angst..."
Oh, that's what it is. Odd how it feels exactly like vast, glacial tedium straining against any advancement of the plot. Your mileage may (and obviously does) vary.
Fake Name
2. ThePendragon
Is it just me, or does that look like John Rhys-Davies to anyone else?
Crowbabe
3. Crowbabe
...and at least one of his films shows in about 2 minutes the best parts that can be gleaned from 6 hours with the Kama Sutra...
...and yes, that does look like John~Rhys~Davies.
Michael Burke
4. Ludon
@ #1, gaijin
Oh, that's what it is. Odd how it feels exactly like vast,
glacial tedium straining against any advancement of the plot. Your mileage may (and obviously does) vary.

That glacial tedium is part of what I like about Kubrick's films. Life doesn't follow the TV Drama or the Feature Film Formats and neither did Kubrick.

Now to the drawing. What a fun concept. Is the Great Head directing the scene? Reacting to the scene? Or planting the suggestion in Moonwatcher's mind? You decide then come back in a few hours and see if you still hold that same decision.

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