How Playing Chess Helped Stanley Kubrick with Filmmaking


Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is synonymous to the methodical and experimental filmmaker. As evident in his obsession with symmetry, Kubrick never approves a single misplaced frame.

His filmography is an extravagant list of masterpieces, but like all others, this did not come naturally to Kubrick. Before he was a filmmaker, Kubrick was a chess hustler, and he would spend his time and money down at the Washington Square Park for chess matches. He never gave up his passion for the game, having played on the set to develop his psychological tactics, even against actors.

For Kubrick, he chess was related to filmmaking through this profound quote by himself: "With respect to films, chess is more useful preventing you from making mistakes than giving you ideas."

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  1. mtsteve
    mtsteve ·

    Interesting video! Thanks for sharing!

  2. phillipcejudo
    phillipcejudo ·

    The video hits some key points or at least hints at them.

    What surrounds an idea may determine a decision.

    I would like to add...If someone were to come into existence right in the middle of a Chess game while the other player kept account of every move beforehand, what is the determining factor of the new players decisions?

  3. akula
    akula ·

    Chess is about position, putting yourself in a good position, the opportunities will present themselves.

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