Listen to a Rare 1960s Interview with Stanley Kubrick for ‘The New Yorker’


In this phenomenal and rare long interview conducted by New Yorker writer Jeremy Bernstein, which we discovered over at Open Culture, Stanley Kubrick talks about how he had “few intellectual interests as a child,” and “was a school misfit,” as well as his early interest in photography, his early film work and his feature films, including Paths of Glory, Lolita and Dr. Strangelove. Though Kubrick didn’t generally like giving long interviews, Bernstein got him interested by playing chess with him while they talked. However, it was Kubrick who suggested they tape it. “My interviews were done before tape recorders were commonplace,” Bernstein later wrote. “I certainly didn’t have one. Kubrick did. He did all his script writing by talking into it. He said that we should use it for the interviews. Later on, when I used a quote from the tape he didn’t like, he said, ‘I know it’s on the tape, but I will deny saying it anyway.’” Only you, Stanley Kubrick.