Stanley Kubrick, Director

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Alexander Walker's Stanley Kubrick, Director, first published in 1971, is the only book ever written with Kubrick's cooperation. This new edition, revised and expanded to include every Kubrick film from A Clockwork Orange to Full Metal Jacket to Eyes Wide Shut - the just-released erotic thriller starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman - again received the approval of the reclusive director, who before his death allowed the use of illustrations taken directly from his films' frames.. "In addition to being fully ...
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Overview

Alexander Walker's Stanley Kubrick, Director, first published in 1971, is the only book ever written with Kubrick's cooperation. This new edition, revised and expanded to include every Kubrick film from A Clockwork Orange to Full Metal Jacket to Eyes Wide Shut - the just-released erotic thriller starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman - again received the approval of the reclusive director, who before his death allowed the use of illustrations taken directly from his films' frames.. "In addition to being fully authorized, Stanley Kubrick, Director is a dissection of how Kubrick conceived, shot, and created his films, as well as a frame-by-frame examination of the inimitable style that infuses every Kubrick movie, from the pitch-perfect hilarity of Lolita to the icy supremacy of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the baroque horror of The Shining.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A longtime friend of Kubrick's who remembers the days when the great director was mysteriously collecting Japanese science fiction movies in what turned out to be preparation for 2001, Walker rankled Warner Bros. and the Kubrick estate when he printed a rave review of Eyes Wide Shut weeks before the movie was released. In this book, he offers a similarly enthusiastic tour through the Kubrick oeuvre, from the first film (Fear and Desire, 1953) to the last (Eyes Wide Shut, 1999). Walker describes Kubrick as a guarded, suspicious, obsessive, controlling, paranoid workaholic, and makes us feel that he's bestowing a compliment. Each movie is given a thorough analysis, reinforced by the extensive use of stills in each case. He explains what that black obelisk in 2001 is and elaborates the various parallels between Kubrick and the character Jack Torrance in the filming of The Shining. Perhaps unavoidably, however, the section on Eyes Wide Shut seems merely to be a synopsis and lacks the detachment and detail that characterize the other chapters. One can only wish that Walker had waited for some critical perspective on his friend's final work. Nevertheless, its eulogistic tone aside, Kubrick fans everywhere will relish this as the definitive book on the director. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
One of many books on the director published this year, the revised and expanded edition of Walker's Stanley Kubrick Directs (LJ 12/71) was obviously timed to coincide with the highly anticipated mid-July release of his last film, Eyes Wide Shut. In addition to detailed analysis and background on his 13 films, the study contains a biography, an examination of the use of color in the films, and Walker's recollections of his friend in "Stanley: A Postscript," an excerpt of which was published in the Sunday Telegraph after Kubrick's untimely death in March. Walker employs solid research and film analysis skills, but he fails to capture his subject's essence, as he did in his celebrity biographies of Garbo, Dietrich, Leigh, and Rex Harrison, among others. The use of such hyperbole as "in recent years he has grown a ruff of black beard that adds a visible dimension of inscrutability to a disposition whose self-sufficiency seems at times almost monastic" ultimately results in reader apathy. John Baxter's Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (LJ 10/15/97) remains the best recent book on the enigmatic, driven, visionary director and his work. Recommended only for comprehensive performing arts collections.--Bruce Henson, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393046014
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 From Fear and Desire to a Clockwork Orange
Man and Outlook 7
Style and Content 44
Paths of Glory 66
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 114
2001: A Space Odyssey 162
A Clockwork Orange 196
Pt. 2 Kubrick's use of Color
Pt. 3 From Barry Lyndon to Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
The Shining 268
Full Metal Jacket 314
Eyes Wide Shut 344
Pt. 4 Stanley: A Postscript
Filmography 375
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