That Stanley Kubrick has maintained his mystique for nearly forty years is both a tribute to his exceptional powers as a film-maker and a consequence of his decision to live and work on his own terms, whatever the price. For decades his films have distilled the essence of the age: from 'Paths of Glory' (1957), 'Lolita' (1962), 'Dr Strangelove' (1964) and '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968) to 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), 'Barry Lyndon' (1975), 'The Shining' (1980) and 'Full Metal Jacket' (1987). With his latest film ('Eyes Wide Shut'), Kubrick has added to the gallery of indelible images that will last as long as the cinema.
With the help of actors, writers, directors, technicians and childhood friends, John Baxter offers the most complete account yet of Kubrick's extraordinary life and work.
‘Baxter has spoken to everyone… Of proven excellence in cinema biographies, he spares us extensive analysis for the sake of the wondrous narrative… and does a stupendous job of putting together the parts of the famous monster.’
BRIAN ALDISS, 'Daily Telegraph'
‘John Baxter's highly readable biography makes Kubrick maddening, endearing and paranoid in equal portions…Many of the stories are riveting.’
NIGEL ANDREWS, 'Financial Times'
‘In this superbly readable biography, John Baxter traces Kubrick's career from the day this spoilt Jewish boy from the Bronx was given a camera for his thirteenth birthday to his present situation as an eccentric recluse hiding away in a remote Hertfordshire mansion.’
GERALD KAUFMAN, 'Sunday Telegraph'
John Baxter is a film critic, novelist, biographer and broadcaster (born in Australia), whose film books include The Hollywood Exiles, Stunt: The Great Movie Stuntmen, An Appalling Talent: The Life of Ken Russell, Science Fiction in the Cinema, The Cinema of John Ford, The Cinema of Josef Von Sternberg, Fellini and Bunuel. His Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised Biography was published by HarperCollins in June 1996.
I expected os much more from this bibliography, and it wasn't particularly well written either.Published 6 months ago by Gabriella tavini
Great book, enjoyed reading it, helped me understand a little more of his astounding work and mind. Worth the buy.Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Margarida Jardim Carvalho