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. 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. This deadpan comedy is sure to entertain, especially those familiar with Kubrick’s masterpieces.
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