Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - Theme from a Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana) (Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange)
“I was one of the few artists to have worked more than once with him [i.e. on A Clockwork Orange and The Shining]. The experience and memories are indelibly etched on my brain…Stanley Kubrick was not an easy man to work for. He was vastly interesting, completely open about all his “secrets”, and had a dry sense of humor. You were always stimulated working with him. But it was seldom painless. I would truly have preferred to be another director or friend.
…Recent attempts since his death to paint a revisionist image of Kubrick as some kind of warm and fuzzy fond old uncle are both ignorant and bizarre. The world has plenty of avuncular supportive seniors already. What’s in short supply in the world is Stanley Kubricks: artists who will spare no effort to do work of the highest caliber. Yes, it’s impractical, and not a role most artists are able to inhabit with comfort, unless you command the respect and financial support system he needed.
It allowed him to “wing it”, the way most creative projects are intuitively ‘steered’, kind of groping forward towards some kind of inevitability. He’d often risk experiments, creative trial and error. When Stanley liked what you were doing he supported you ‘all the way’; you’d be hard pressed to find a more canny supporter. Many young directors got messages and calls from him if he loved their newest film. (I’ll bet Hitchcock, another real master, never did that!) Kubrick assembled a support system/nest to avoid most usual external needs to compromise. We may all envy him in this.
I liked Stanley, I enjoyed Stanley, I loved his intelligence and curiosity — but he often drove me nuts. We’d completely, passionately disagree on some detail, where a day earlier we were seeing things in essentially congruent ways. Yin and yang. I think he rather took my abilities and attempts to please him for granted, but I never knew for sure, and now never will. I did try to do my best work for him each time, each ‘cue’. How could you not?”
-Carlos on working with Kubrick (via)