“The Stanley Kubrick Archives
showed up one morning in our offices, where my editor and I circled it like curious apes.” —Time Out,
This is the first book to explore Stanley Kubrick’s archives
and the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date
. 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 1 of The Stanley Kubrick Archives
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 are presented chronologically and wordlessly via frame enlargements
. A completely nonverbal experience.
The second part of the book brings to life the creative process of Kubrick’s filmmaking by presenting a remarkable collection of mostly unseen 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