“The Shining” is not Kubrick’s greatest film or his greatest gamble, but it is his most ambitious attempt to connect with a mass audience.
2001 no less than Dr. Strangelove is an apocalyptic vision: it i is an alternate future but no less pessimistic. Beneath its austerely beautiful surface an alarm is sounded for us to examine a problem of which Dr. Strangelove was a pronounced symptom: the possibility that man is as much at the mercy of his own artifacts as ever he was of the forces of nature.
John Hofsess reviews Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ for The New York Times
Interview with Stanley Kubrick by Canadian Film Critic John Hofsess, published in The Soho News, May 1980