Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Stanley Kubrick

POSTPONED  |  Marc Eliot’s Art of Film: Stanley Kubrick

TBD, 6 pm | "The Killing"

TBD, 6 pm | "Paths of Glory"

TBD, 6 pm | "Lolita"

TBD, 6 pm | "2001: A Space Odyssey" 

Internationally known bestselling Hollywood author, film critic and historian Marc Eliot returns to Peoria Riverfront Museum to continue his fascinating and always entertaining insights on the Art of Film. For this program, he will examine, in detail, the masterworks of Stanley Kubrick. Get your all-access passes to all four films or individual film tickets now before they are sold out!


Individual Films: Member $13 | Public $15

ALL ACCESS PASS: Member $42 | Public $50 

All Access Pass includes admission to all 4 films, discussions and book signings!



Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a sharpshooter (Timothy Carey), a crooked police officer (Ted de Corsia), a bartender (Joe Sawyer) and a betting teller named George (Elisha Cook Jr.), among others, for one last job before he goes straight and marries his fiancee, Fay (Coleen Gray). But when George tells his restless wife, Sherry (Marie Windsor), about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own. Kubrick's film was heavily influenced by John Huston’s 1950 “The Asphalt Jungle,” the reason he cast Hayden, who starred in that film as on of the leads in “The Killing.” Dismissed as a “B” film in its initial run, it is now regarded by the American Film Institute and others as one of the best post-Noir films ever to come out of Hollywood, and the last film Kubrick shot there. 1956. B&W. 1h 25min. 


During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face. The film is Kubrick’s inspired homage to William Wellman’s 1943 “The Ox Bow Incident.” 1957. B&W. 1h 28m. 


Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is a European professor who relocates to an American suburb, renting a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters). Humbert marries Charlotte, but only to nurture his obsession with her comely teenage daughter, Lolita (Sue Lyon). The film is a meditation on Henry James’ notion of American innocence corrupted by European decadence. 1962. B&W. 2h 33min. 


An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. 1968. 1h 25min. 



Marc Eliot is a renowned classical film scholar and The New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 books including definitive biographies on John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant and Clint Eastwood, as well as Ronald Reagan (“Reagan: The Hollywood Years”) and Walt Disney. A New York City native, Eliot began his career as a child actor and student at the High School of Performing Arts (featured in “Fame”), and has worked as a musician, television producer, and writer for national magazines. He holds an advanced degree from Columbia University, where he was a protégé of film critic, scholar and founder of "auteurism," Andrew Sarris. Eliot lives in Manhattan but has become a regular visitor to the Peoria area, first serving as artist-in-residence at Eureka College in 2012 and hosting his first "The Art of Film" festival at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Alfred Hitchcock, March 2019.



To find out more information about sponsorship or to purchase please contact the Visionary Society Concierge at or 309-863-3019. Thank you for your support!

$1,500 Director Sponsorship:

  • 8 reserved seats at each film
  • 4 reserved parking spots
  • Signed copy of a Marc Eliot book
  • Invitation for you and a guest to a private book signing reception with author Marc Eilot on March 25
  • Preshow Green Room for you and your guests on March 26
  • Visionary Society Museum Membership 
  • Recognition in Museum publications
  • Recognition in event and exhibit publicity and promotions
  • Recognition on social media, e-blasts, press releases, and more!
  • Name featured in the event ad on the Museum website

$500 Producer Sponsorship:

  • 4 reserved seats at each film
  • 2 reserved parking spots
  • Signed copy of a Marc Eliot book
  • Preshow Green Room for you and your guests on March 26
  • Name/logo featured in event ad on the Museum website