The Invisible Man is a 1972 MGM Feature Film starring Sidney Poitier. It was one of two movies released by MGM in their Search for the Man of La... Series. It was also one of three films that were part of the Home Movies project. It is considered by many to be one of the best and most influential film in the series.
The Invisible Man tells the story of an elderly, one-time drug addict, who discovers his own incredible potential. A young, up-and-coming actor travels to Pennsylvania with the express purpose of meeting the invisible man, hoping to duplicate his success. During his search, he meets a beautiful woman with the gift of healing. And in the end, his search leads him to his greatest challenge: stopping the invisible man from killing him.
The Invisible Man is one of only three movies made by Stanley Kubrick in The Search for the Man of La...Series. The other two films are The Evil of the Physician and The Shining. Each movie is essentially a retelling of a true event that takes place in the real world, whether fiction or fact. The Invisible Man was filmed shortly after Kubrick's death and was shot over the course of two days. It was originally titled The Woman in Black.
The Invisible Man is one of only a few movies made by Stanley Kubrick, who would later go on to star in the successful The Shining, while directing another very popular film, Barry Lyndon. Though a slight departure from the usual Stanley Kubrick style, it is nonetheless a fascinating and enjoyable film. It features some genuinely great acting, including John Ritter, a great John Wayne, and the great Sidney Poitier, who was known as a very talented actor and director, but is perhaps best known today for his role as Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde on the television show "Spin City". It's also notable for its unusual soundtrack, which is mostly composed of recorded snippets of actual people's voices, talking about the progress of the invisible man.
Though The Invisible Man is a story about the process of discovery, it lacks any sort of plot, simply telling the story of an old man in his struggle against the perceived darkness of his life. Instead, it focuses on the character of the invisible man, whose psychological make-up is explored through the lenses of those who come in contact with him, his female friend and lover, and through the work of the movie's music. In the final analysis, The Invisible Man is a story about the body's journey in its ultimate battle against itself, told through the eyes of others.
This particular movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, though it was lost to The Shining, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Invisible Man is a perfect summation of Kubrick's ability to write a complex and detailed story through the lens of a single character, using perspective to illuminate the hidden side of their lives. His talent at both writing and directing can easily be seen in this film, as it is filled with so much great dialogue and powerful imagery, and also contains so many wonderful shots of black and white film of historic proportions.
Though not as well-known as his other successful and interesting films, such as 2020: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick still remains a formidable name in the world of film. One of his most famous films, A Clockwork Orange, involves the violent and antisocial behavior of a young, sociopathic prisoner who uses violence and hatred to control his environment. Though it is one of the most misunderstood films of all time, A Clockwork Orange has remained an iconic piece of cinema. But Kubrick's most widely beloved film, Barry Lyndon, tells the story of the last moments of a young and beautiful lover, who sets out to rescue her dying husband.
His other English-language film, The Shining, explores the alienation that the characters in a small isolated hotel experience after being shut off from the outside world. The Shining was awarded with six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, which help to explain Kubrick's great success as a filmmaker. Stanley Kubrick was an innovative and talented filmmaker, and his works helped to pave the way for future directors in the field.