Stanley Kubrick started out as a photographer before moving into film noir aged barely 25, after which the power and originality of his work soon brought him box-office success. In the 1960s he lived and worked in London, away from the scandal caused by his adaptation of 'Lolita' (1962) and from the major studios, from which, he was able to wrest total control of his films. He made only a dozen features in 50 years, each of which displays an degree of technical and aesthetic invention. From the sci-fi '2001 - A Space Odyssey' onwards, each of his masterpieces explores new genres and controversial topics. 'Masters of Cinema' seeks to be a introduction to the work of several great directors. Comprehensive, authoritative, yet concise and accessible monographs on leading figures in the history of cinema, these books are organized chronologically, from the director's earliest works to their most recent films. Illustrated with 100 images, including film stills, set photographs, film sequences and posters.