Introducing Stanley Cuba

The Debut of UCSB Grad Per Anderson’s First Feature

By Rachel Weight

UCSB grad Per Anderson is debuting his first feature film, Stanley Cuba, January 27, at 9 p.m. at Victoria Theater as part of the fest. stanley%20poster.jpg Anderson wrote and directed the feature, which stars emerging comedy star Mike Birbiglia, who has appeared on Letterman, Leno, and Comedy Central, as Stanley, a photographer whose life parallels legendary director Stanley Kubrick.

The film follows Stanley through a particularly rough week as he searches for his lost dog, Spartacus, recovers from a breakup, runs from intellectual property lawyers, and tries to find salvation through his art by winning a photography competition. A clever parody of Kubrick’s life and work, his fans will notice the imitation of the topics, sets, styles, and techniques used by Anderson from Kubrick cult classics such as A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining.

Not only a parody of Kubrick’s biography and films, the feature scandalizes intellectual property, the seriousness of high art, and parody itself, as Birbiglia’s Stanley explores the post-modern passions and obsessions of an artist living through the crisis in the information age. stanley%201.jpg This deadpan comedy is sure to entertain, especially those familiar with Kubrick’s masterpieces.

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See the official Stanley Cuba website here.

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