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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006384455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006384458
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'

About the Author

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.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
If Stanley Kubrick was a "talented shxt" as Kirk Douglas put it, then Baxter's book is a good stare at it from a distance. The problem with any book about Kubrick is that no-one really knew him. Sure, the myths exist, but trying to find the man inside them is damn near impossible. It feels like Baxter knows this, and therefore details the professional events in Kubrick's life, perhaps to squeeze closed the gap of non-recognition between Kubrick and his audience.
He succeeds quite amicably, bearing in mind that its hard to accurately scrutinize the thought processes of a creature from only its footprints. I am writing this a week after Mr. Kubrick's death, having finished my second reading just over a fortnight ago. I can't help but think that Baxter should issue a revised version of this book in the Summer (1999) including all the information he can glean from Kubricks final piece "Eyes Wide Shut".
Overall then, a good book. Read it if you've never really looked at Kubrick before - but other, more complete posthumous works will follow hereafter that might serve to give the bigger picture.
Keith
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2001
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Kubrick is a fascinating man but probably as difficult to write about as he was to work with because of his reclusive nature. However, John Baxter writes a tremendously gripping but objective account of his life. I found it difficult to put down. The book also includes some interesting photographs of Kubrick directing and some of the sets. If Baxter is to do a second edition I would like to see more content on Eyes Wide Shut and AI.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ons on 17 April 2011
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This is a less academic biography than LoBrutto's, but is nevertheless a decent book, well worth a read alongside Herr's book and LoBrutto's book. Baxter is more critical of Kubrick than LoBrutto, much more so, and it often seems that Baxter is keen to convey the impression that Kubrick liked to f**k with people's heads for his own enjoyment. Whether this is true or not is difficult to tell, but many of the incidents in the book seem to bear this out. LoBrutto, Herr and Baxter agree on Kubrick's genius, and nobody would argue with the fact that he is one of the most important directors, but one gets the impression from Baxter that although he was always a genius, he was not always a gentleman.
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