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on 4 June 2017
Sorry if you were expecting an articulate review of this book detailing the life of the greatest director of all time, I'm very tired you see, buy this book if you're interested in the life and body of work of Stanley Kubrick.
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on 19 March 1999
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
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on 9 December 2001
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.
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on 17 April 2011
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.
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on 13 February 2013
Great book, enjoyed reading it, helped me understand a little more of his astounding work and mind. Worth the buy.
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on 7 August 2008
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.
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on 5 October 2011
Excellent reading. For all film buffs.
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on 6 February 2015
I expected os much more from this bibliography, and it wasn't particularly well written either.
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on 27 September 2016
Well recieved as a gift
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