Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

Kubrick: The opportunity to see things the way they are.


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Dott. Rocco Moccia
Direttore Generale Dello Spettacolo
Ministero Del Turismo e Dello Spettacolo
Via della Ferratella in Laterano, 51
00184 Roma

5th October, 1987

Dear Dott. Moccia,

You will undoubtedly understand my disappointment that my film “Full Metal Jacket” has been classified so as to prevent it being viewed by young people under the age of 18. Obviously I do not regard young Italians as being substantially different in nature, character or temperament to young people in other parts of the world and it was my earnest desire that my film be an experience capable of being shared by the widest audience possible.

This is important to me because I sincerely hope that “Full Metal Jacket” will be regarded as making an important and relevant contribution to the ways in which people view their own nature.

My intention was not to relish violence for it’s own sake but to emphasize the reality of both the training process undergone by the recruits and the war situation in which they found themselves. A crucial aspect of this process is the use of language to dehumanise the young men. This had to be presented in a totally truthful way otherwise I would have compromised the reality of the story.

I make no apology for taking such an approach. It is what attracted me to the project from the beginning: it’s sense of uncompromising truth. “Full Metal Jacket” offers no easy moral or political answers.

I think you should know that Sweden has classified the film, 15, New Zealand has a 13 age restriction, Finland has given it a 16 age restriction, as has Germany. These ratings were applied without any cuts.

I believe that all the people should be given the opportunity to see things the way they are.

Yours sincerely,


Stanley Kubrick

cc: Dott.ssa Rosa Alba de Gaetano Leardi
Mr Bernard Weinreich, Warner Bros Italia

via Letters of Note | Archivio Kubrick | L’ascensore per il secondo piano

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The Catena Wall Clock


The Catena Wall Clock ($2,338) by Andreas Dober for Germany’s Anthologie Quartett. This clock uses copper numbers attached to a bike chain that circles around a single motorized gear.


Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke

November 12, 2009 – February 21, 2010

“Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” provides insight into the artist who sought to capture the world like a camera. The exhibition includes about 250 Polaroids and 70 silver gelatin black-and-white prints taken by Warhol from 1970 to 1987, many of them on public view for the first time.

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Medusa Marinara


Vik Muniz (Brazil), “Medusa Marinara”. 43 1/2 by 55 inches. Cibachrome print ed. PA 1 of 2, 1998.

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Andy Warhol’s Iconic 200 One Dollar Bills from 1962 Sells for $43,762,500 at Sotheby’s


NEW YORK, NY – Tonight at Sotheby’s in New York, Andy Warhol’s monumental masterpiece, 200 One Dollar Bills, brought a remarkable $43,762,500, soaring past the pre-sale estimate of $8/12 million. Competition was fierce. Auctioneer Tobias Meyer opened the bidding at $6 million and was immediately met with an almost unheard of response – a bid of $12 million, twice his opening bid. Five more bidders raised their paddles before the winning bid was cast by an anonymous purchaser bidding on the telephone ()



The Church of the Future

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A video remix of The Phil Donahue show by Javier Alberto Morales and John Michael Boling, with music by Jerry Goldsmith of The Omen.

via WFMU

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