- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Taschen's 25th anniversary ed edition (2 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3836508893
- ISBN-13: 978-3836508896
- Product Dimensions: 33.3 x 4.3 x 24.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Stanley Kubrick Archives Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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"The Stanley Kubrick Archives showed up one morning in our offices, where my editor and I circled it like curious apes." --Time Out, New York
About the Author
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). She is the editor of titles on photography, film, and design, including Some Like it Hot, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs, and Marc Newson: Works.
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If you are buying a used first-run copy do check with the seller that Mr Kubrick's film strip is in its sleeve and the CD is also included, photo two shows them in position. Owning a bit of '2001' from Kubrick's personal collection gives the book extra kudos.
Photo six will give you an idea of how the book is organised. There are two sections, each with a series of coloured tabs. His twelve movies have a tab each and in the first section there are eight hundred stills, black and white and colour depending on the film. Photos four, seven and eight are some of the spreads from Dr Strangelove. The second part of the book covers each movie in detail with an amazing collection of visual material to back up the text. Photos one, three and five and show some pages about the background and production of Dr Strangelove.
The back of the book has a fifty page Appendix A, B and C. A covers three unmade movies: Napoleon, AI and Aryan Papers. B has three essays. C is a chronology of Kubrick's life.
This is a BIG book, opening to thirty-three inches wide and at over fourteen pounds in weight it really can only be read on a table. Needless to say being a Taschen book it is beautifully designed and printed and if you do buy a copy the Kubrick experience will be quite overwhelming and long lasting.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
The book looks wonderful and is bound using the best materials. It's built to last. It is supplied in a dedicated cardboard box which owners should retain and includes an interview with Mr Kubrick on an audio CD. The inside front cover retains the CD and the strip of 70mm frames from 2001 that first edition copies include. Like the reviewer below I have doubts about the film strip and would prefer to have kept the reel intact. My frames are of Frank Poole exercising in the carousel.
Each of Kubrick's films has a section and they are written up in detail and style. The accompanying images are generally excellent and well presented.
This book is more than just an entertaining and informative tome about Stanley Kubrick's directorial output because it looks and feels so lavish: an event!
I like the majority of Kubrick's output, but I admit that I purchased it largely for "2001" (the first movie I was taken to see as a child...bizarre choice, I know.) In terms of that film, the photographs (most of which I've never seen -- amazing in itself) are incredible; the shots of the mooted end scene "Aliens" are (for me) worth the price of purchase.
One thing: the first run of this comes with a cutting of frames taken from Kubrick's own personal 70mm print of the movie. While I'm thrilled to have this (mine is of Dave and HAL conversing: double bonus), imagining Stanley lacing up the very print I have in my house for a personal showing, I'm a little upset and disturbed that Kubrick's widow would allow such a case of, for want of a better word, artistic vandalism.
Still. If you buy this book, you simply won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must for all Kubrick fans - possibly the most extensive and best book about his career and life I have ever seen.Published 4 days ago by sarbern
Best book buys of this year. A lot of behind the scenes archives, getting an idea how Stanley Kubrick worked. A bulky book worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great book for any Kubrick fan, giving both an overview and details of the filmmakers work and process of film-making. It is beautifully put together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kubrick Lover must have! For content "The Shinning" alone is worth the pricePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first half of this book contains stills from Kubrick's films, the second half then takes you through each one, detailing the production. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John
The previous edition was a beautiful book.... but very large, very heavy and I actually found it impractical to actually read at best (and painful at worst!). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lot bigger than I expected for the price - big coffee table book. Feels like a really nice top quality thing. It's a gift and I think it'll be well received.Published 6 months ago by T. Dancer
What can I say? It's a great comprehensive book on Stanley Kubrick and his films. There's pros and cons to all editions of this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jojo Chanway