Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 22:35 GMT
Movie pioneer Kubrick dies
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Stanley Kubrick, who directed watershed films such as A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey has died.
Mark Batey, spokesman for the British Film Institute, said: "Mr Kubrick was one of the most innovative, talented film-makers that there has ever been. This is a huge loss to the film-making community."
Mr Winner added that he had planned to phone Kubrick on Monday to offer him a life-time award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain.
Over his career, Kubrick won just one Oscar himself for best visual effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his films earned nine Oscars.
The Guardian newspaper's film critic, Derek Malcolm, said he was one of the most powerful film directors in the world as well as one of the best.
Stanley Kubrick had been a professional photographer since his teens, and critics described him as having the moving image "in his blood".
He banned its release in the UK amid concerns about scenes of gratuitous violence.
British actor Malcolm McDowell, star of A Clockwork Orange, said he was "deeply saddened" by the director's death.
"He was the last great director of that era. He was the big daddy," McDowell said from Dublin, where he is filming.
Kubrick fans are eagerly awaiting Eyes Wide Shut, which is due to open in July.
As a director, Kubrick was famous for his unswerving search for perfection.
Film critic Barry Norman said: "He was incredibly meticulous in all his films, which took him an average of two to three years to make."
Actor Jack Nicholson, who starred in Kubrick's film The Shining, once said of him: "He gives new meaning to the word meticulous."
Many will now be disappointed that his next planned project, A.I., a return to his celebrated themes of artificial intelligence, will now never be made.