Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon. The Greatest Movie Never Made Hardcover – 25 Apr 2011
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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)" --New York Magazine
About the Author
Established in Paris in 1992, M/M (Paris) is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag. They are best known for their art direction and collaborations with musicians, fashion designers, and contemporary artists, including Björk, Madonna, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Pierre Huyghe, and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, as well as magazines including Vogue Paris, Interview, and Purple Fashion. In addition to solo shows in galleries in Europe and Japan, they have participated in exhibitions at Centre Pompidou and Guggenheim New York, and their work is featured in public collections around the world.
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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This book only covers Napoleon but the amount of research that went into it is staggering.
The book itself is really beautiful. It's quite large and heavy and the binding is lovely. Worth every penny.
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!
* 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.
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.
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. After his death, that research was finally published in an the absurdly expensive limited edition ten-book set, but this considerably less expensive one volume set now offers all the contents in a single bound volume that you need to go into weightlifting training to pick up. It's a rather splendid affair - not just Kubrick's screenplay (surprisingly heavy on narration) but as much of the contents of his infamous boxes as they could photograph and transcribe. It's not one for casual readers, but for film buffs there's a wealth of material that it usually takes months to go through in an archive. It's quite an eye-opener to see just how much work had been done on its various incarnations. It may not be the greatest film never made, but it's great to have all the pre-production material put together to give some idea of what could and should have been. And you can bet that the next few Napoleon films and TV shows will all avail themselves of the collected resources.
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 treated it as a labour of love and with heartfelt respect towards the life and work of Stanley Kubrick.
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, or self portrait photographs taken by Kubrick himself staring at his own stills camera in the midst of filming, and even a full page photo of him up close showing a big and bright smile on the set of 'A Clockwork Orange'.
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.
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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