Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon

Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon : The Greatest Movie Never Made

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"The Greatest Movie Never Made" is the fascinating tale of Kubrick's unfilmed masterpiece. It is now available in an unlimited, single-volume edition! For 40 years, Kubrick fans and film buffs have wondered about the director's mysterious unmade film on Napoleon Bonaparte. Slated for production immediately following the release of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Kubrick's "Napoleon" was to be at once a character study and a sweeping epic, replete with grandiose battle scenes featuring thousands of extras. To write his original screenplay, Kubrick embarked on two years of intensive research; with the help of dozens of assistants and an Oxford Napoleon specialist, he amassed an unparalleled trove of research and preproduction material, including approximately 15,000 location scouting photographs and 17,000 slides of Napoleonic imagery. No stone was left unturned in Kubrick's nearly-obsessive quest to uncover every piece of information history had to offer about Napoleon. But alas, Kubrick's movie was not destined to be: the film studios, first M.G.M. and then United Artists, decided such an undertaking was too risky at a time when historical epics were out of fashion. Taschen's tribute to this unmade masterpiece makes Kubrick's valiant work on 'Napoleon' available to fans for the first time. Based on the original 2009 limited edition which featured ten books hidden inside of a carved out reproduction of a Napoleon history book, this publication brings all the original elements together in one volume. Herein, readers can peruse a selection of Kubrick's correspondence, various costume studies, location scouting photographs, research material, script drafts, and more, each category of material in its own 'book' representing the original books from the limited edition publication. Kubrick's final draft is reproduced in its entirety. The text book features the complete original treatment, essays examining the screenplay in historical and dramatic contexts, an essay by Jean Tulard on Napoleon in cinema, and a transcript of interviews Kubrick conducted with Oxford professor Felix Markham. The culmination of years of research and preparation, this unique publication offers readers a chance to experience the creative process of one of cinema's greatest talents as well as fascinating exploration of the enigmatic figure that was Napoleon Bonaparte. this title includes access to searchable/downloadable online research database: Kubrick's complete picture file of nearly 17,000 Napoleonic more

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  • Hardback | 1112 pages
  • 223.52 x 353.06 x 76.2mm | 4,286.43g
  • Taschen GmbH
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English, French, German
  • Multilingual edition
  • Multilingual
  • m. zahlr. meist farb. Faks,.
  • 3836523353
  • 9783836523356
  • 185,630

About Alison Castle

Alison Castle received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in photography and film from New York University (NYU/International Center of Photography masters program). She is the editor of titles on photography, film, and design, including Some Like it Hot and The Stanley Kubrick more

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"You have to see it to believe it, which is appropriate when you consider Kubrick's obsession... it could be that the project has found its perfect home as the most grandiose book ever made." (New York Magazine)"show more

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"Dies ist etwas so Fantastisches, dass ich am Leben bleiben möchte zumindest bis dieses Buch herauskommt. Dokumentation, das Drehbuch, seine Notizen, Landschaftsfotos, Kostüme, es ist alles in diesem unglaublichen Buch.", Los Angelesshow more
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