Revelation: Stanley Kubrick Loved "White Men Can't Jump"

Revelation: Stanley Kubrick Loved "White Men Can't Jump"

In honor of Stanley Kubrick's 85th birthday, the British Film Institute has put together a comprehensive feature on the late filmmaker's favorite (and least favorite) films, with the assistance of his brother-in-law and right hand man, producer Jan Harlan. The obvious choices like Citizen Kane and I Vitelloni are first detailed, but then it gets to an excerpt from a 1999 fansite that was reportedly courtesy of his daughter, Katharina Kubrick-Hobbs:

"There does seem to be a weird desire from people to ‘list’ things. The best, the worst, greatest, most boring, etc. etc… Don’t go analysing yourself to death over this half-remembered list. He liked movies on their own terms… For the record, I happen to know that he liked:

Closely Observed Trains (Menzel, 1966)
An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)
The Fireman’s Ball (Forman, 1967)
Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice, 1973)
White Men Can’t Jump (Shelton, 1992)
La Belle et la Bête (Cocteau, 1946)
The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (Lumet, 1975)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975)
Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
Abigail’s Party (Leigh, 1977)
The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991)"

That's right—in addition to favoring the masterpieces of modern American cinema, Kubrick apparently enjoyed watching Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson play basketball in the streets of Los Angeles in White Men Can't Jump. It's a great movie with tons of memorable scenes like this one, but it's just hilarious to think the same guy who made The Shining also loved it. 

As for what movie he didn't like, Katharina had an answer for that, too:

"And I know that he hated The Wizard of Oz. Ha Ha!"

Those flying monkeys did always look a little too fake.

[via BFI]

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