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Stanley Kubrick | Polishing A Turd

Rosemary Williams and Stanley Kubrick © Stanley Kubrick, Look Magazine 194

Rosemary Williams and Stanley Kubrick © Stanley Kubrick, Look Magazine 194

I was in my cutting room around 1 in the morning, and he strolls in smoking a cigarette and says, “Can I watch?” I said: “Yeah, you can watch. You wanna see a Jew go down? Stand there.” That was the night I coined the expression, “You cannot polish a turd.” And then Kubrick looked at me and said, “You can if you freeze it.”

– Jerry Lewis, who was editing a film at the same studio Kubrick was editing “2001”

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