Gerald Fried, a Julliard trained composer for television and film and a still active nonagenarian, began performing music in his Bronx neighborhood during the 1940s. There he met Stanley Kubrick, who would go on to become a celebrated film director, screenwriter, and producer.
Kubrick and Fried attended the same high school and became friends when Kubrick asked to join the same baseball club as Fried’s.
When they met, Fried’s passion was music and Kubrick’s was photography. A few years later, in 1951, Kubrick made a short film documentary about boxer Walter Cartier, whom he had photographed and written about for Look magazine a year earlier. Kubrick rented a camera and produced a 16-minute black-and-white documentary titled Day of the Fight. Fried recalled with a laugh that Kubrick asked him to do the music because “I was the only musician he knew”.
Gerald Fried went on to score four other Kubrick movies: Fear and Desire (1953); Killer’s Kiss (1955); The Killing (1956) and Paths of Glory (1957).
While shooting these films, Kubrick still pursued his love of photography.
Although they did not work together after Paths of Glory, Fried and Kubrick remained in contact, writing to each other from time to time.
Stanley Kubrick is most remembered for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-wrote, directed and produced. This year we celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary. Coincidentally, Kubrick took inspiration from a project Gerald Fried worked on. For New York’s World Fair in 1964, Fried composed music for a Cinerama 360º film by Graphic Films, entitled, To the Moon and Beyond. Kubrick saw the film at the Fair and was so impressed by the special effects and accurate depiction of scientifically-based material that he hired Graphic Films as a design consultant for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was then in pre-production.
To learn more about Gerald Fried and his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, see the Gerald Fried papers at the American Heritage Center.
 Robert Nott, “Sunday Spotlight: A 88, Hollywood Composer Gerald Fried Keeps the Songs Coming,” Santa Fe New Mexican, September 3, 2016. Accessed June 7, 2018: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/features/sunday-spotlight-at-hollywood-composer-gerald-fried-keeps-the-songs/article_303fffc6-7177-5768-bb37-5aeab7ba3c7b.html
 Wikipedia, Short films (1951-1953), s.v. “Stanley Kubrick,” last modified June 7, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick#Short_films_(1951%E2%80%931953)
 Nott, “Sunday Spotlight”.
 Wikipedia, Influences on 2001: A Space Odyssey, s.v. “To the Moon and Beyond,” last modified November 27, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Moon_and_Beyond#Influences_on_2001:_A_Space_Odyssey
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