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