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Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon": The Greatest Movie Never Made (Limited Edition) Hardcover – Special Limited Edition, Box set


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  • Hardcover: 1900 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Pck Ltd edition (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English, German, French
  • ISBN-10: 3822830658
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822830659
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 41.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,312,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You have to see it to believe it, which is appropriate when you consider Kubrick's obsession... it could be that the project has found its perfect home as the most grandiose book ever made." (New York Magazine)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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). The editor of TASCHEN's Some Like it Hot and The Stanley Kubrick Archives, she lives in Paris, home of the world's best cinemas.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By smylexx on 20 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
for a film that was never made, this 'making of' book really does cover every available bit of of the production with meticulous details regarding every aspect from concept to scripting to outfitting and location shooting.

there's more than enough information here to make even the most obsessive Kubrick fan drool. Make plenty of room on your bookshelves though..this thing is huge!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Dec 2012
Format: Hardcover
If ever proof were needed that it was a myth that Stanley Kubrick was in a position to make any film he wanted, his oft-thwarted attempts to bring his dream project Napoleon to the screen provide it in ample quantities. It was originally going to go ahead in 1971, but a combination of MGM's operating losses, a huge downturn in moviegoing and the massive box-office failure of Waterloo all killed it off. In later years, even though no Kubrick film ever lost money from Lolita onwards and most made huge profits, the industry wasn't interested in epics though Kubrick tried to prove he could pull it off by making Barry Lyndon - which caused another wave of problems. Although that turned a profit, it also went overbudget (largely because of having to relocate from Ireland after the IRA threatened to bomb the set and/or kill Kubrick and Ryan O'Neal and their families for 'supporting' the status quo by shooting scenes with extras playing the 18th Century British army on Irish soil) and it was around then that the legend that Kubrick's films were endless shoots began, which only deterred studios even more.

Even though he delivered three profitable films in a row after that, he could never really shake studios concerns that a Kubrick-length shoot on an epic wasn't a good bet even though his films were never particularly expensive. It didn't help that he was tied to Warner Bros., who have never been into big period epics in the way other studios have. Yet that didn't stop him working and obsessing over the project, developing it for years and amassing a huge amount of research in the process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Preece on 24 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This awesome publication is a must for:
* Fans of Kubrick - proving, amongst many other things, that character motivation was a driving force in his films.
* Students of film - this is how a great director put a film together, even working out how much an extra would be paid per day.
* People with large, reinforced bookshelves.
Just because the film was never made in no way diminishes this fascinating book. It's beautifully put together and arranged, and editor Alison Castle (who must have the best job in the world) has turned the compilation into a compelling narrative.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BookMan on 12 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the must have book for Kubrick fans - following on from the limited edition Stanley Kubrick Archives.

This book is a rare gem showing all the script, director notes, costumes and much more that went into the film that he never made. Whilst Kubrick abandoned many projects, the work he put into the planning of Napoleon is outstanding. One can only imagine what a movie it would have been had it been made. But then for any Kubrick fans out there you will know there were more films he considered making than he did make but by far this would have been the greatest followed by AI which Spielberg developed from Kubrick's plan and would have approved of.

Once again Taschen have produced an amazing book - would you expect anything less from the greatest publisher in the world.? If you love Kubrick - then you need this book !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gblayney on 24 Nov 2011
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This is a wonderful book. Great insight into a brilliant mind and an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a movie. The only drawback for me is a sense of frustration that this movie never actually got made by Kubrick - so much love and care taken in preparation for it. But we did get Barry Lyndon which incorporates a great deal of the ideas and approach, in many ways this book could also be seen as a making of that

The design and quality of the book are outstanding, no surprise where Taschen are concerned.

A great job by Alison Castle in bringing it all together.

I would happily buy similar books for all his films.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor on 24 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
Taschen, the Kubrick Estate and Alison Castle combine to produce this amazing set of 10 books-in-a-book covering the background material for the movie Kubrick never made.

The sub-volumes are all contained within a reproduction Napoleon book from the 1920s. Inside the shell are comprehensive volumes containing location photos, costume designs, draft shooting script, date files, plans and much more.

Expensive yes, but priceless. The content will last a lifetime.

Now sold out in its print run of 1000 copies, but new copies are available on Marketplace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Machado on 27 Jun 2011
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It is, indeed, a fabulous voyage on filmmaking through the eyes of master Kubrick. Pity we do not have Napoleon as a film. Nevertheless, this book wide up our senses.
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