June 25, 2017
“With respect to films, chess is more useful preventing you from making mistakes than giving you ideas.”
Before he was a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was a chess hustler, spending days down in Washington Square Park earning money against the regulars who haunted it. And he never gave up his passion for the game, playing on the sets of his films and even using his prowess as a psychological tactic against actors (such as George C. Scott, with whom he clashed over certain elements of Dr. Strangelove).
Chess was one of Kubrick’s lifelong passions, and in this unearthed quote he equates the game with the craft of directing. In 1968, Kubrick told Playboy Magazine: