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Kubrick is Michael Herr's memoir of his nearly twenty-year friendship and collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and the creator of such classics as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange. From their first meeting at an advance screening of The Shining in 1980, Kubrick and Herr began an intense intellectual exchange that grew into the artistic collaboration that ultimately produced the groundbreaking Vietnam film Full Metal Jacket. Filled with ...
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Overview

Kubrick is Michael Herr's memoir of his nearly twenty-year friendship and collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and the creator of such classics as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange. From their first meeting at an advance screening of The Shining in 1980, Kubrick and Herr began an intense intellectual exchange that grew into the artistic collaboration that ultimately produced the groundbreaking Vietnam film Full Metal Jacket. Filled with personal insights and previously untold anecdotes, Kubrick is a probing view into the inner life of a man whose creative passion and powerful intellect changed the art of filmmaking forever—and of the complicated, often misunderstood man behind the art.
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He directed some of the truly great, truly innovative movies of our time -- A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey among them -- and yet Stanley Kubrick shunned Hollywood and remained elusive to everyone except those who were lucky enough to grace his inner circle of friends. Michael Herr's revealing new biography shines a light on the intensely private but undeniably brilliant man behind the lens.
Library Journal
This slim volume comprises one man's impressions of one of our most provocative filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick's death in 1999 and the posthumous release of his last film, Eyes Wide Shut, prompted much revisionist exploration of his work--but none is to be found here. Herr (Dispatches), who collaborated with Kubrick on the screenplay of Full Metal Jacket, doesn't deign to simplify complexities or dispel misconceptions. Nor does he offer particularly compelling insights. No pretense is made toward biography. In fact, much of what Herr presents is candid speculation. Kubrick is depicted as a man of dichotomies: an intellectual who was also a fan of popular culture, an American expatriate in England who never fully abandoned his Hollywood roots, and an artist whose vision married both beauty and violence. More than merely an account of a friendship, this is an elegy to and a meditation upon the Kubrick legend. All but the largest film collections may be hard pressed to justify expenditure on this modest book. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/00.]--Jayne Plymale, Univ. of Georgia, Athens Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Candia McWilliam
Michael Herr's short, rich book is a very good antidote to many longer ones; Kubrick, and we, are fortunate in him.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802138187
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 495,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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