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The first book to explore Stanley Kubrick's archives is also the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date -

The first book to explore Stanley Kubrick's archives is also the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date

The Stanley Kubrick Archives

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Part 1: The films
In 1968, when Stanley Kubrick was asked to comment on the metaphysical significance of 2001: A Space Odyssey, he replied: “It’s not a message I ever intended to convey in words. 2001 is a nonverbal experience…. I tried to create a visual experience, one that bypasses verbalized pigeonholing and directly penetrates the subconscious with an emotional and philosophic content.” The philosophy behind Part I borrows from this line of thinking: from the opening sequence of Killer’s Kiss to the final frames of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick’s complete films will be presented chronologically and wordlessly via frame enlargements. A completely nonverbal experience.

Part 2: The Creative Process
Divided into chapters chronologically by film, Part 2 brings to life the creative process of Kubrick’s filmmaking by presenting a remarkable collection of material from his archives, including photographs, props, posters, artwork, set designs, sketches, correspondence, documents, screenplays, drafts, notes, and shooting schedules. Accompanying the visual material are essays by noted Kubrick scholars, articles written by and about Kubrick, and a selection of Kubrick’s best interviews.

Special features

  • Part 1 features 800 film stills scanned directly from the original prints and interpositives
  • Part 2 presents about 800 items from the archives, most of which have never been published before
  • essays by Kubrick scholars Gene D. Phillips, Michel Ciment, and Rodney Hill
  • selected articles and essays, including interviews with and essays by Stanley Kubrick
  • illustrated Kubrick chronology
  • audio CD featuring a 70-minute 1966 interview of Stanley Kubrick by Jeremy Bernstein
  • books in the first print run will each include a twelve-frame film strip from a 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey owned by Stanley Kubrick

Made in cooperation with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and the Stanley Kubrick Estate.

Linda Perry

“My favorite is The Stanley Kubrick Archives. This book is so beautiful to me. Kubrick’s films are known for its unique cinematography, attention to detail and the evocative use of music. When I flip through these pages I feel like I am stepping into one of his films. TASCHEN’s adaptation of Kubrick is spot on. The only thing missing is the creepy piano.”
Linda Perry
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt