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Typical Kubrick


My friendship with Stanley Kubrick
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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One thing, which The New Yorker also led to was my friendship with Stanley Kubrick. The way that happened is I had written a book review of Arthur Clarke's oeuvre. He wrote me from Sri Lanka and he said he's coming to New York and he said he wanted to meet me. And I was not enthusiastic about it because I thought, well, I don't have anything to say to this fellow, I don't think, and so on. But he came, and we met at the Algonquin again, and I said, 'Well, what are you doing here?' And he said, 'Well, I'm writing the Son Of Doctor Strangelove'. I said, 'Well, what's that?' He said, 'Well, it's a science fiction movie that I'm writing with Stanley Kubrick'. I had seen Doctor Strangelove. In fact, the only movie that I ever saw that I sat through twice, I liked it so much. So he said, 'Well, I'm doing this with Stanley Kubrick and he's a great man, and you should meet him'. I said, 'Well, that's wonderful, I'd love to meet him'. So a meeting was set up. Kubrick was living in New York, on Central Park West, near where I lived during the war in New York. I went to see him and the door opened. I had never met a movie mogul and I took one look and I said, 'God, I know this person'. He looks to me like every eccentric physicist I've known all my life. He is distracted, he's sort of unkempt, not interested in anything but what he's interested in, and I said, I mean, I know this guy. This is… this guy is absolutely my type.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The New Yorker, The New Yorker Book Review, Sri Lanka, New York, Dr Strangelove, Central Park West, Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011