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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious tome on Stanley Kubrick, 8 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Stanley Kubrick Archives (Hardcover)
I was very, very lucky to have recently acquired this monumental book from another seller in France, and to top it all it was a copy from the first print run. Thus it included both the CD and the strip of the 70 mm print from '2001: A Space Odyssey' - this one's from the sequence of the round space shuttle being brought down on the moving platform into an inner trench in the Moon base! Those two items alone would be worth the cost of this pricy volume, and they certainly add to its extraordinary overall quality, for this book is all around printed with the finest of materials.
I still haven't had the time to start reading the text sections, but visually this is indeed a sensational piece of work! One can see that the author, Alison Castle, and Taschen, the publishing house, treated it as a labour of love and with heartfelt respect towards the legendary Stanley Kubrick, his work and life. Copious samples of screenplay pages, letters, props, production drawings, and a veritable humongous amount of never before seen photographs of Kubrick at work on the sets of his films and at home are reproduced in pristine condition.
One of the elements which I found so fantastic about the material displayed here is that not only do we get to see the director at his most serious and focused mode working behind the cameras and surveying the proceedings on the movie sets, but there's also a lighter side of him on display as well. There's Kubrick pretending to be tossing a rubgy ball on the set of 'Lolita', throwing a custard pie onto a technician's face with amusement on 'Dr. Strangelove' - Christiane, his wife, can also be seen throwing another one on another part of the War Room set -, we can see Kubrick fondly embracing his young daughter Vivian at his garden, or self portrait photographs taken by Kubrick himself staring at his own stills camera in the midst of filming and relaxing, and even a full page photo of him up close showing a big and bright smile on the set of 'A Clockwork Orange'. And there is much, much more to enjoy!
As a whole, this is a lavish, gorgeous and extremely well designed and researched book, with everyone involved deserving kudos for putting it together, including the Kubrick Estate for allowing the late director's archives to be disclosed and shown in such excellent taste. It is a brave purchase, yet it's really worth every cent spent on it, and of course an essential buy for the Kubrick aficionados like myself and for every serious film buff.
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