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L.A.C.M.A. Film Tribute series to Stanley Kubrick--"The Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism"

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Starting in 1945, when Stanley Kubrick launched his career as a photographer--before he directed live-action films, he produced thousands of negatives for the biweekly LOOK magazine. Though his published photographs varied in subjects and locales, many of his images depict the uncanny everyday life in the streets and spaces of his native New York. The museum is hosting a special gallery exhibition of Kubrick's amazing still photography in its Art of the Americas Building through June 30, 2013. Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s.

When Kubrick decided to try his hand at motion pictures, his filmmaking debut, Day of the Fight (1951), was a cinematic adaptation of his own 1949 pictorial essay “Prizefighter” for the magazine about a Big Apple boxer. In addition, the film that he preferred to consider as his feature debut—Killer’s Kiss (1953)—also owed a debt to his work for the magazine and was shot throughout Manhattan.

This Los Angeles County Art Museum film series from February 8-23, 2013 presents ten features shot on location in and around New York during the period when Kubrick was documenting the city, up until and including Killer’s Kiss. Channeled through the tropes of film noir—a genre whose fatalistic tailspins of crime and passion befits New York’s cramped and anarchic cityscape—as the genre brushed against and sometimes cross-pollinated with the salt-of-the-earth lyricism of a budding American Neorealism, these films reveal a restless metropolis where you’re either on your way up, on your way down, or just laying low. It’s a city where you can never really disappear, not matter how dark the back alleys or how crowded the boulevards may be. Cinematically, Kubrick wouldn’t return to New York for another four decades after Killer's Kiss, albeit on a London back lot for his final film Eyes Wide Shut, where he came full circle with this vast, dark wonder of American modernity.

Double Bill film screenings are $10 for the general public; $7 for LACMA members, $5 LACMA Film Club members | Some single screening tickets are available separately for the second feature at $5.

The Naked City
February 8, 2013 | 7:30pm
Kiss of Death
February 8, 2013 | 9:15pm
Where the Sidewalk Ends
February 15, 2013 | 7:30pm
The Thief
February 15, 2013 | 9:00pm
Little Fugitive
February 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
The Window
February 16, 2013 | 9:00pm
On the Waterfront
February 22, 2013 | 7:30pm
Force of Evil
February 22, 2013 | 9:30pm
Killer’s Kiss
February 23, 2013 | 7:30pm
The Glass Wall
February 23, 2013 | 8:45pm

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Screenings are held at the museum's Bing Theatre near the main Wilshire Boulevard entrance. Paid parking is available in the museum's underground parking structure.

The museum is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90036 (about 1 block east of Fairfax Avenue).
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