From Library Journal
As a director known for controversial films such as Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick repeatedly bucked the Hollywood mainstream, emerging as an outsider who resisted the scrutiny of conventional film criticism and biography. French critic and film historian Ciment, who has published books on Elia Kazan and John Boorman, approaches Kubrick's oeuvre with an eccentric sensitivity that serves the subject very well, as when he compares the raw and bizarre lingo of the grunts in Full Metal Jacket with the Nadsat language of the droogs in A Clockwork Orange. His analysis of the conflicting forces of reason and passion in 2001: A Space Odyssey is typical of the illuminating criticism throughout. Realizing the value of hearing from the reclusive Kubrick, who disliked discussing his work, Ciment includes three interviews with the director on specific films, as well as interviews with colleagues, actors, and production crew members. The present volume is the latest revision of the original French edition, Kubrick (1980). An excellent companion to the definitive biography, John Baxter's Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (LJ 10/15/97), this is recommended for academic libraries and cinema collections. Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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"Michel Ciment's Kubrick: The Definitive Edition remains the best work on the great director. Through it we get a glimpse into a working method that was unique in the cinema. It is a fascinating blend of interviews and analysis." —Joel Coen
"This final edition of Michel Ciment's definitive book is an invaluable resource."—Martin Scorsese