Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stanley Kheprik

Kubrick/Beatles syncs

The Beatles approached Kubrick with the idea of directing a film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings starring the Beatles. (And remember, Bilbo leaves the Shire on his 111th birthday).

Stephen King named his novel The Shining after Lennon's song "Instant Karma", which contains the lyrics, "We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun."

"Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void. It is shining, it is shining" -Tomorrow Never Knows. A song inspired by T. Leary's The Psychedelic Experience, which is based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

I find it interesting that the opening scene from The Shining overlays in such an uncanny way with the Abbey Road album cover. See how the VW Beetles parallel each other.

In The Shining there is the mysterious Room 237. On 23/7, July 23rd, 1965, The Beatles released their Help!/I'm Down single.

Jack Torrence wants to be a Paperback Writer.

We see what appears to resemble a beetle on the headboard. (thanks, Subliminal Synchrosphere)

in The Shining, Wendy is seen reading Catcher in the Rye

Mark David Chapman was reading the same book in the days leading up to his murdering of Lennon.

We see a crushed red VW Beetle at one point in the film.

backwards messages, mirror usage.

The boy, Danny Torrence, is also referred to as "Doc". In the maze scene near the end Jack calls him "Danny Boy". In McCartney's Rocky Raccoon, the main character is named Danny, is referred to as "Danny Boy", and he is talking to his doctor, which he calls "Doc".

Tim Carey in his role from Kubrick's film The Killing in the Sgt. Pepper album cover crowd, though he ends up being hidden behind George in the final picture.
He is behind George and his gun is behind Paul, which is aimed at John.

In The Killing, Carey's character shoots a racehorse. Red Rum was a famous racehorse.
The Latin word for walrus is Odebenus Rosmarus Divergens. The Rosmarus part is Norse for "Horse of the sea".
The L and the H from 'Lonely Hearts' = 12 and 8 alphabetically. Lennon died on 12/8. (He delivered his apology for his "bigger than Jesus" remark on 8/12).

Tim Carey is one of three soldiers who gets executed in Kubrick's film Paths Of Glory.
The two Generals responsible for the execution were named George and Paul.
There is also a significant scene where Carey kills a cockroach/bug.
Stanley Kubrick released 13 films and died at age 70.
The Beatles released 13 albums and broke up (died) in '70.

Marlon Brando, who worked with Kubrick for 6 months on the film One-Eyed Jacks, starred in Wild One which features a gang named The Beetles. He too is part of the Sgt. Pepper crowd.

Brando - Godfather

Unused arial footage from Dr. Strangelove was used in Magical Mystery Tour, during the segment for the song Flying. Which is a standout song in their catalog, as being the only song credited to all four Beatles and the only instrumental.
Dr. Strangelove was co-written with Terry Southern, who appears on the Sgt. Pepper cover.

A similar psychedelic filter was added to the arial shots in 2001:ASO.

from Beatles Discography: Day-By-Day Song-By-Song Record-By-Record by Craig Cross

In A Clockword Orange, the Magical Mystery Tour double-EP can be seen in the record shop. On the top shelf, middle-screen, directly above a film soundtrack featuring music from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rosemary's Baby.

MMT was released exactly 13 years to day before the death of Lennon. In the opening scene we see John standing next to a sign reading, "The best way to go is by MDC."

in A Clockwork Orange Alex is mind-controlled with Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his 9th Symphony.

The same tune that is used in the Help! film to pacify a tiger intent on attacking Ringo. It is the female protagonist that knows of this trick.

Stanley finished the screenplay for Napoleon the same day The White Album was released. Which was also the 5-year anniversary of the JFK shooting.

Ringo starred in Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels, which was filmed at Pinewood Studios, as was 2001:ASO, and features Kubrick's Monolith in two scenes.

1964 Ed Sullivan Show backdrop and 2001: A Space Odyssey stargate sequence.

The large red gemstone ring worn by Ringo in Help! reminds me of Hal. Particularly during the first shot of the Beatles, which is this close-up if the sacrificial ring worn by Starr.


They are the eggwomen

In 2001:ASO, hen the Pan-Am flight first approaches the space station, it is revolving clockwise.

But just a few shots later, it is revolving counter-clockwise. The circular shape of the space station brings to mind an LP record disc. The alternating spin brings to mind playing the record backwards.
The Beatles song Rain was the first pop song to use reversed audio. It was recorded during the Revolver sessions.

The crowd shot is one thing, but notice the use of the palm tree in both. One of the main motifs mentioned in regards to Solomon's Temple in 1 Kings chapter 6 is his use of palm trees.

Interesting that the three space suits in 2001 are red, yellow and light blue. Ringo's & George's Pepper suits are both in the red family and could be seen as one, Bowman's. Ringo & George could be theoretically taken as the only two Beatles to live to see 2001, or most of it.
Quite interesting that Frank Poole wears the yellow suit and it is he who dies.
It is the light blue suit that is never used, it hangs there unembodied throughout the whole film.

After being sabotaged by HAL, Bowman does don a green helmet. This is echoed in the green feather in George's cap on the Sgt. Pepper cover.
See my Thoth post on how HarriSon resonates as Horus the Son and the Aeon of Horus.

Daniel Richter, the actor who played Moonwathcer in 2001:ASO was good friends with Lennon and was the director of photography for his Imagine video.
Which I can't help but think of how he imagines killing the tapir with the bone when he has his epiphany. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Richter_(actor)

The maze from The Shining. (forgive me for not knowing who first pointed out the pyramid).

Interesting that in the Lennon song "Come Together" on Abbey Road, you can hear him saying something that certainly sounds like "shoot me" during the opening bars of the song. It has been noticed that there are several occasions in The Shining when a human vocalization beginning with a "shh" sound can be heard throughout the first half of the film.

Abbey Road uses the one-point perspective so ubiquitous in Kubrick's work. Which resonates with a pyramid shape.

HAL's memory banks are translucent rectangular blocks arranged in rows & columns. As Bowman shuts HAL down the light emitting from them is projected onto his face. All of which bring to mind the crosswalk motif. As well as an 11:11 motif, which is synonymous with enlightenment/passing through a stargate.

Andras Jones pointed out that when Dr. Strangelove was released on January 19th 1964, the #1 song in America was "There, I've said it again" by Bobby Vinton. This was the last #1 song of the pre-Beatles era in American charts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whoa! I would never have thought of this!