Kubrick

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Picador, 2001 - Motion picture producers and directors - 96 pages
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An intimate portrait of the genius who transformed the art of film-makingStanley Kubrick's career spanned Paths of Glory, Lolita , Dr Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange , Barry Lyndon, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut. In this book, Michael Herr, best known for his brilliant and seminal books Dispatches and Walter Winchell, who worked with Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket and co-wrote the screenplay, pays due homage and tribute to his long-time friend, remembering the humour, the cleanly burning intelligence and the outrageous sanity of a twentieth century master. 'They say [Kubrick] had no personal life, but that's ridiculous. It would be more correct to say that he had no professional life, since everything he did was personally done' Michael Herr 'Kubrick is a captivating little book rather like an Arthur Miller play: it plays out on a small scale but invokes the epic themes of friendship, art, sex and war. It is intimate, honest and affectionate' Guardian

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User Review  - grebmops - LibraryThing

Herr is a fantastic writer, and his insights on Kubrick are remarkable and full of wit. Tells you more about Kubrick the man in a hundred pages than any other book, including LoBrutto’s biography. My ... Read full review

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User Review  - sdicht - LibraryThing

Herr is a fantastic writer, and his insights on Kubrick are remarkable and full of wit. Tells you more about Kubrick the man in a hundred pages than any other book, including LoBrutto’s biography. My ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Michael Herr was a correspondent for Esquire in 1967 when he went to Vietnam and wrote the article "Hell Sucks." This work immediately put him in the forefront of the journalists who were writing on the war at that time. The piece became part of Dispatches, a shattering book that documented the war that he saw through his own eyes, not the one that was being passed off as fact to less adventurous correspondents by the military. Herr wrote of the fears and pain of the young soldiers, using their own (often obscene) language. He set his stories to the backdrop of rock music and pop culture battle fantasies that all too often became frighteningly real. His book became an instant classic of the Vietnam era. Herr has also been active in the motion picture industry, with writing credits for Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Rainmaker. In addition, he served as an associate producer of Full Metal Jacket. In addition, Michael Herr is the author of Walter Winchell: A Novel, an experiment in which he combined a novel and a screenplay to tell the story of one of the country's most influential gossip columnists.

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