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The #TASCHENpodcast

Growing up with Stanley Kubrick, Vienna’s laboratory of modernity, and the Ingmar Bergman centenary

Film composer Gerald Fried is one of few individuals who knew Stanley Kubrick back in the day. In 1940s New York, he was starting his career as a musician, when Kubrick, just 16 at the time, came to work as a photographer at Look magazine. The two became close friends and collaborators; Kubrick was even go-to babysitter for Fried’s young son. Later, Fried would compose music for five of Kubrick’s films: Day of the Fight, Fear and Desire, Killer’s Kiss, The Killing, and Paths of Glory. In our exclusive interview, Fried reveals their working process and recalls Kubrick the brilliant “super nerd” who “wanted badly to feel like a regular person … but was just too smart and too talented.”

Next up, we explore modernist Vienna, 100 years on from the deaths of four of its major protagonists: Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser. Art critic and historian Kimberly Bradley, based in the Austrian capital, takes us back to the city’s bustling turn-of-the-century art scene and considers its legacy a century on under the country’s new, far-right nationalist government.

Finally, another centenary celebration as Bengt Wanselius, set photographer to Ingmar Bergman, talks behind-the-scenes with the prolific Swedish director and discusses the playful humor that coexisted with his profound examination of human relationships.