The Stanley Kubrick Archives: The films

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Alison Castle
Taschen Benedikt Verlag Gmbh., 2008 - Performing Arts - 544 pages
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The book to explores Stanley Kubrick's archives and presents a study of the filmmaker to date, divided into 2 parts. Part 1 - The films - In 1968, when Stanley Kubrick was asked to comment on the metaphysical significance of 2001. The philosophy behind Part 1 borrows from this line of thinking - from the opening sequence of Killer s Kiss to the final frames of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick s complete films will be presented chronologically and wordlessly via frame enlargements. Part 2 - The Creative Process - Divided into chapters chronologically by film, Part 2 brings to life the process of Kubrick s filmmaking by presenting a remarkable collection of material from his archives, including photographs, props, posters, artwork, set designs, sketches, correspondence, documents, screenplays, drafts, notes, and shooting schedules. Accompanying the visual material are essays by noted Kubrick scholars, articles written by and about Kubrick, and a selection of Kubrick s interviews.

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About the author (2008)

Alison Castle received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in photography and film from New York University (NYU/International Center of Photography masters program). Castle also edited TASCHEN's Some Like it Hot. She lives in Paris, home of the world's best cinemas.

Stanley Kubrick was born in the Bronx, New York, and became a skilled photographer before he went into directing. He achieved fame with the fine antiwar film Paths of Glory in 1957, and his output since then has been extremely diversified. Through it all, however, runs a deep vein of pessimism. Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and A Clockwork Orange (1972) express his vision of an apocalyptic future, while Spartacus (1959) and Barry Lyndon (1975) reveal his dark view of futility in the past. Kubrick has been able to work independently for most of his career, enjoying the rare right to make the final cuts of his films without studio interference. Some of his other notable films are Lolita (1954), based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel, and Full Metal Jacket (1987), about troops in the Vietnam War.

Jan Harlan was Executive Producer on a number of Kubrick films, including A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Barry Lyndon.

Christiane Kubrick has lived in England teaching and exhibiting her paintings and drawings since 1961.

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