Stanley Kubrick is one of the most celebrated directors ever and deservedly so. Responsible for some of the most memorable films ever made, Kubrick started out with photography before making some documentaries and then moving into film full time.
A keen chess player with an incredible eye for detail Kubrick liked to be in total control of his projects. From Spartacus in 1960 onwards Kubrick produced an astounding number of classic films.
After a failed marriage Kubrick became disillusioned with the whole Hollywood scene and moved to England where he spent the remainder of his career.
Kubrick could not be described as prolific with as much as seven years between completed films but his legacy is a picture of quality over quantity and no-one has come close to matching his unique talents (by chris). He died in 1999 leaving behind him some of the most influential and important films ever made.