The color red is striking and loaded with sometimes paradoxical meanings, like anger and joy, hate and love, pain, danger, heat, fire, sex, passion and courage. All of this is to say that the decision to use the color red is not one taken lightly, and no one understood that more than Stanley Kubrick.
This week, Rishi Kaneria (via Live For Films) uploaded “Red: A Kubrick Supercut,” a look at the director’s frequent use of red in all his color films, including the unfairly over-looked Kirk Douglas film “Spartacus.” Cut together beautifully to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Kaneria’s supercut runs nearly 90 seconds and makes explicit just how much the auteur’s auteur was in control of the frames he used to communicate with the audience. It’s yet another layer to the filmmaker’s work to discuss and explore. Watch “Red: A Kubrick Supercut” below.