Tuesday, April 19, 2016


This Newsweek report on Stanley Kubrick's estate's offshore financial holdings (in this case, via the British Virgin Islands) set up by Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, as recently revealed by Münich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, has some interesting information, and a whole lot of factual errors. 

Take this single paragraph:
The reason Kubrick took such pains to keep the house in his family is not hard to fathom: He chose to be buried on the grounds of Childwickbury Manor, under his favorite tree. One of his two daughters with Christiane, Anya, who died later in 2009, is also buried on the 1,100-acre estate. Christiane now lives at the manor with her other daughter by Kubrick, Vivian, and a third daughter she’d had prior to their marriage, Katharina, as well as her grandchildren. After shooting scenes there for the end of Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining, which featured some of the grounds, Jack Nicholson once observed that Childwickbury Manor was, more or less, a family compound, and that Kubrick was “very much a family man.”

Let's play a game, shall we? Can YOU list all the errors contained in the above paragraph? Submit your answers in the comments section below!

Meanwhile, perhaps the most important non-erroneous factoids to take away from this article include a) the fact that tax avoidance does not always mean tax evasion, b) that Kubrick, his companies and his estates paid out large sums of taxes to both American and UK authorities over the years, and c) that our man Stanley isn't accused of doing anything illegal. And even if he were... that still wouldn't alter the fact that his movies are genius.

Now start picking apart that paragraph!

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