Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The late Stanley Kubrick................. From a distance
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...
Published on 19 Mar 1999

versus
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Interesting book, but let down by some pretty basic errors: 'Norman Rossiter' in 2001? Try Leonard Rossiter. The index has Steven Spielberg listed as 'Spielberg, Stephen'. Minor quibbles, I admit, but when a director such as Kubrick has been in the game for 40ish years, such mistakes (in my opinion) are pretty unforgiveable from anybody hoping to write a definitive...
Published on 7 Aug 2008 by D. Sinclair


Most Helpful First | Newest First

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The late Stanley Kubrick................. From a distance, 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (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
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really well written book about an extraordinary man., 9 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Kubrick what can i say., 13 Feb 2013
By 
Margarida Jardim Carvalho (Portugal) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (Paperback)
Great book, enjoyed reading it, helped me understand a little more of his astounding work and mind. Worth the buy.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick by Baxter, 17 April 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, 7 Aug 2008
By 
D. Sinclair "Mr Pie" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (Paperback)
Interesting book, but let down by some pretty basic errors: 'Norman Rossiter' in 2001? Try Leonard Rossiter. The index has Steven Spielberg listed as 'Spielberg, Stephen'. Minor quibbles, I admit, but when a director such as Kubrick has been in the game for 40ish years, such mistakes (in my opinion) are pretty unforgiveable from anybody hoping to write a definitive biography.

As to the rest of the book, the author seems to grudgingly respect Kubrick, though he does portray the director as a bit of a control freak ' from script through cinematography to editing.

It's not a hatchet job, nor is it a worship job. More accuracy would have been nice, though.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Stanley Kubrick: A Biography
Stanley Kubrick: A Biography by John Baxter (Paperback - 1 Jun 1998)
£8.28
Not in stock; order now and we'll deliver when available
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews