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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836508893
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836508896
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Stanley Kubrick Archives showed up one morning in our offices, where my editor and I circled it like curious apes." - Time Out, New York"

From the Publisher

Special features:

• Part 1 features 800 film stills scanned directly from the original prints and interpositives
• Part 2 presents about 800 items from the archives, most of which have never been published before
• essays by Kubrick scholars Gene D. Phillips, Michel Ciment, and Rodney Hill
• selected articles and essays, including interviews with and essays by Stanley Kubrick
• illustrated Kubrick chronology
• audio CD featuring a 70-minute 1966 interview of Stanley Kubrick by Jeremy Bernstein

• books in the first print run will each include a twelve-frame film strip from a 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey owned by Stanley Kubrick

Made in cooperation with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and the Stanley Kubrick Estate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a must have for Kubrick fans.
This is certainly a wonderful book in any format and well worth purchasing to dip into the incredible mind of Kubrick.
S Tuffnell
This is an amazing book, beautiful colors and pictures showing Kubrick's amazing work.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on May 12, 2005
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Although the "Archives" are not as thorough as someone totally obsessed with Kubrick might like, this is still much more than a vanity project filled with pretty pictures.

The first portion of the book, which consists of carefully chosen stills from the various films, highlights the fact that Kubrick had impeccable photographic taste and crafted a look for his films that matured in a very unique, somewhat strange way. Any fan knows this already, but being able to really dissect the shots and the lighting is more worthwhile than it might appear at first. I would say with almost any other director this would be overkill.

The interviews throughout are fascinating -- and although one might be able to find them elsewhere, here you can look at them in the context of the films themselves, and there are just simply so many of them. So, instead of fishing for the 2001 Playboy interview it's right here. Kubrick has some brilliant things to say about the nature of life in the universe, evolution, etc. The Clockwork Orange interview is also very revealing, as the great director claims absolutely no responsibility for the violent content of the film, among other things. Reading Pauline Kael's review as counterpoint to this (not in the book) should prove worthwhile...

The analysis of the films themselves is also suprisingly good, although in no way rigorous academically. One example: I find Barry Lyndon a work so rich in nuance, so unique in the history of filmaking, that the straightforward analysis of its story presented here doesn't enlighten the material much.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on July 1, 2005
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Perhaps you are similar to me and you occasionally justify a purchase by saying to yourself "The kids will enjoy this after I'm gone someday." This rationale helps me feel a little less guilty when I indulge in an expensive purchase. Well, as I review this book I realize a new problem: 40 years from now, as my body lay cooling, my two lovely daughters will probably be engaged in a dispute as to who gets the AWESOME Kubrick book!

I am a big fan of Taschen books and I'm also a big Kubrick fan. This book is the ultimate dosage of both. I have well over a hundred Taschen titles and this is definitely one of my favorite three ("Cabinent of Curiosities" and "Complete Costume History" being the other two. All of these are the large-size super-high quality classics that are likely to become sought-after collector's volumes).

You've already had this Kubrick book described for you, but I wanted emphasize three points: First, the front page edges are "tabbed" in this book, making access to particular areas (eg, particular films) very convenient. This is really a sophisticated fluorish which makes the book that much more stunning. Second, the snippet of "2001" is nothing less than magical. As I read about it here I thought it sounded a little gimmicky: but when you see a foot-long section of one of the most important films ever made, it is really captivating. The section I received has bright geometric colors which I'm delighted by, but regardless of what you get, you're getting a piece of "2001"!!!! I get the same reverential feeling looking at it as I did when gawking at the original Declaration of Independence! Third, the quality of manufacture here is first-rate.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By F. Audet on May 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is obviously the most unique and fascinating book ever made on Stanley Kubrick. Certainly the most complete as well. It's also the biggest in every sense of the word. I cannot believe just how huge and heavy this thing is. It is massive! But most importanly, it is filled with interviews and insightful articles on all Kubrick films (in the second part of the book). Even the ones he didn't complete (A.I., Napoleon, Aryan Papers). Especially great, are the many never before seen photographs taken during productions of these amazing films. This is my favorite thing in this book.

The filmstrip from Kubrick's own 70-millimeter print of 2001 is of course a very special addition. As is the included interview on cd, from 1966.

Stanley Kubrick was in my opinion the greatest filmmaker in history. I have many books on the man, but this is by far the most extraordinary. A very unique piece of work indeed and the most beautiful collector item on Kubrick ever made. I think every fan will not want to miss it.

Thanks to Alison Castle, Jan Harlan and Christianne Kubrick for this!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dfktrex on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Astounding example of how certain books should be made. Obviously, there is a niche market for this kind of bookmaking.

Luckily, us dedicated Kubrick fans can now relish all of it.

The book contains amazing details and 'behind the scenes' views on the making of all of the Kubrick flicks. I'm positive that no other director and visionary would have their works commited to such a project other than Kubrick. The final touch is the inclusion of an actual strip of 70mm motion picture film from 2001 that Kubrick himself possessed. My copy shows Frank jogging in the centrifuge. The only caveat is the splitting of some wide screen shots between pages in the first half of the book. Other than that this book qualifies as one of the best examples of how a book should be dedicated, regardless of price, for a one of kind film director.
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