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- Publisher: PICADOR
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 7mm | 80g
- Publication date: 4 May 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0330481134
- ISBN 13: 9780330481137
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 804,404
'An intimate portrait of the genius who transformed the art of filmmaking' Stanley Kubrick's career spanned Paths of Glory, Lolita. Dr Strangelove 2001. A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange. Barry Lyncon. The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut. In this book, Michael Herr, best known for his brilliant and seminal books Dispatches and Walter Winchell, who worked with Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket and co-wrote the screenplay, pays due homage and tribute to his long-time friend, remembering the humour, the cleanly burning intelligence and the outrageous sanity of a twentieth century master.
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Michael Herr is a journalist, screenwriter and novelist, and lives in upstate New York. He has written Dispatches and Walter Winchell and the filmscripts Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.
"'They say [Kubrick] had no personal life, but that's ridiculous. It would be more correct to say that he had no professional life, since everything he did was personally done' Michael Herr; 'Kubrick is a captivating little book rather like an Arthur Miller play: it plays out on a small scale but invokes the epic themes of friendship, art, sex and war it is intimate, honest and affectionate' Guardian"
During his lifetime, film director Stanley Kubrick was known as something of a recluse, but, according to his friend Michael Herr, this was far from the truth. Herr, who wrote the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and the Kubrick-directed Full Metal Jacket, pays homage to his long-time friend in this succinct book, which originally began life as an article for Vanity Fair magazine around the time of Kubrick's final Eyes Wide Shut. Herr first met the director at a screening of The Shining in 1980. Their relationship from that point on, as Herr recalls, involved many lengthy telephone conversations and discussions about art, literature and possible film projects. Through a series of affectionate memories, Herr paints a picture of Kubrick as a man who was highly sociable, who had a great respect for actors, and a nostalgic fondness for America, his birthplace. The director, who moved to England in the late sixties, would ask friends to make him tapes of American football games and US commercials, as well as episodes of Roseanne and The Simpsons. This book doesn't make for a lengthy read, but does provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of the director and will be of some interest to those who admired his films. (Kirkus UK)