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On Set With Stanley Kubrick

From "Spartacus" to "2001: A Space Odyssey," go behind the scenes of your favorite Kubrick films.

Fifty years ago, "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released in theaters, but if it had been up to MGM, that golden anniversary would have happened two years earlier. Unfortunately for the studio, Stanley Kubrick had other plans and refused to be tied down to a deadline for his sci-fi film – a luxury afforded to the seasoned director.

During his long, illustrious career, Kubrick became known as a total perfectionist who would go to any lengths for the perfect shot, a method that would eventually earn him a spot amongst the most celebrated cinematographers.

Take a look back at where all the magic happened with these behind the scenes photos from Kubrick's most revered films.

"Paths of Glory," 1957 Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images "Paths of Glory," 1957 Kubrick and actor Kirk Douglas on set. "Spartacus," 1960 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive "Spartacus," 1960 Kubrick and Douglas team up, once again. This time they're joined by actor Charles McGraw. "Lolita," 1962 Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images "Lolita," 1962 Actress Sue Lyon with Kubrick during the filming of "Lolita," based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Kubrick directs Peter Sellers. "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Columbia Pictures/Getty Images "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Kubrick lounges in his director's chair. "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images "Dr. Stangelove," 1964 Kubrick draws the iconic pair of heart-shaped sunglasses from his 1962 film "Lolita" on a prop bomb from the "Dr. Strangelove" set. "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 Keith Hamshere/Getty Images "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 Kubrick films actor Keir Dullea. "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 Jean-Philippe CHARBONNIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 Kubrick pops his head through a hatch in the spaceship. "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 Jean-Philippe CHARBONNIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968 A helmet marked with Kubrick's name. "A Clockwork Orange," 1971 John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images "A Clockwork Orange," 1971 Kubrick pets a feline friend. "Barry Lyndon," 1975 Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images "Barry Lyndon," 1975 Kubrick in action. "The Shining," 1980 Murray Close/Sygma via Getty Images "The Shining," 1980 Jack Nicholson and Kubrick on set. "The Shining," 1980 Murray Close/Sygma via Getty Images "The Shining," 1980 Kubrick standing among the wreckage of one of his sets that caught on fire during the filming of the horror flick.