The Parkway launches a retrospective series of Stanley Kubrick films for his 90th birthday

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A still from “Spartacus” (1960), via The Parkway Theatre

“Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write ‘War and Peace’ in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.”

Stanley Kubrick made this analogy while accepting the Directors Guild of America’s most prestigious honor, the D.W. Griffith Award, in 1997, two years before his death.

His filmmaking resume stretched more than four decades, from the film noir “The Killing” (1956) and epic “Spartacus” (1960) to the politically scathing “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) and pioneering sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), to dystopian crime or horror adaptations like “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) and “The Shining” (1980), and the brutal wartime film “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), among many others. He added another movie, the puzzling, erotic “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), about two years after that speech. He died six days after showing the studio and cast the final cut.

Today marks Kubrick’s 90th birthday. In honor of the would-be occasion, The Parkway Theatre is launching a five-month-long retrospective of a dozen of Kubrick’s greatest works—many of which received recognition without blockbuster box office success—on 35mm film or in digitally re-mastered formats. (The AFI Silver, the historic indie movie theater in Silver Spring, is running a similar series about Kubrick’s legacy through Sept. 12.)

Here’s the calendar for The Parkway. A spokesman said in an email the theater is lining up some “special guest” appearances for some screenings.

Note: “2001: A Space Odyssey” doesn’t have a time scheduled just yet.

“Killer’s Kiss” (1955), on 35mm
Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, at 5 p.m.

“The Killing,” format to be determined
Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.

“2001: A Space Odyssey,” in 4K digital cinema package
Friday, Aug. 31

“Paths of Glory” (1957), in digital cinema package
Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m.

“Spartacus,” in 4K digital cinema package
Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m.

“Lolita” (1962), on 35mm
Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m.

“A Clockwork Orange,” on 35mm
Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

“The Shining,” in digital cinema package
Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2, at 9:30 p.m.

“Full Metal Jacket,” on 35mm
Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

“Dr. Strangelove,” format to be determined
Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.

“Barry Lyndon” (1975), on 35mm
Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.

“Eyes Wide Shut,” on 35mm
Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for the first couple screenings, and to stay up on releases for the others.

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