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Stanley Kubrick: Drama & Shadows Hardcover – December 1, 2005

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Rainer Crone holds the Chair for Twentieth Century Art and Media at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Formerly an Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University in New York, he is the author of the first monograph on Andy Warhol (1970), and has since widely published on twentieth-century art and artists. His most recent books include Louise Bourgeois, the Secret of the Cells (1998), Auguste Rodin: Eros and Creativity (1991), and Kasimir Malevitch: The Climax of Disclosure (1991).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844381
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The photographs in this book are worth the price of it. If you're a Kubrick fan, you can't do without it. The photographs teach more about film than a dozen histories.
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The editors of this book were wise in prominently placing the photo that you see here on the cover. It is the most distinct and mysterious image in a book of otherwise indistinct work. Most of the photos are commercial and are interesting in so far as they reveal little hints of Kubrick's budding genius for mis-en-scene. But as photos the work doesn't stand alone very well, nor was it intended to.
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Stanley Kubrick has a well-deserved phenomenal reputation with moving film. But few know that he got his start with film photography - in the careful study of shadows and lights, with scene and emotion. It is this foundation that helped make him the stellar director he became.

The book is not a light read. It's a tome with references to repoussoir and Gestus, to his sociological studies and mise-en-scenes. It's the type of book you can read again and again and each time draw something new from it.

And the photos!

You get subway trains and cramped apartments. Shoe shine boys and circus families. Foreign lands and celebrities. There's a great range of photos in here. Some seem almost ordinary while others are stunning in their emotion. The photos are presented quite well, large size, so you can examine their different aspects and truly appreciate them.

Well recommended for anyone who wants to be inspired by photography.
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I first learned of this book on Wikipedia, when I saw the self-portrait of Kubrick taken with his Leica camera (it's right before the opening essay). Being a photographer myself as well as a Kubrick fan, I never knew that Kubrick had worked for look. Everyone knows about his films and can talk about those, but hardly anyone I talked to knew that he had been a photographer before being a film director (like me). I open it up often for inspiration, especially when I intend to shoot black and white.

Many of the photos have a story to tell and quite a few of them are entrancing (like the cityscape shot on page 233). Even if this is a small sample of his work (12,000 archived negatives, according to the book), the photos were chosen very well. The opening essay is insightful and the photo showcase is a wonderful treat. The written commentary at the beginning of each photo set talks about themes in certain pictures that Kubrick explored (like adopting a child's eye view at the Palisades Amusement Park), the nature of the photo set (like a trip to Portugal) or technique (how he did casual photography in the subway). In any case, one can see the incredible amount of care he took in creating the picture. Kubrick himself said in an interview that his being a photographer served him well as a filmmaker.

Only one or two of the photos might be a little commercial, as suggested by another reviewer, but the grand majority show a missing link in Kubrick's career: and that is his humble beginnings.

I highly recommend this book for Kubrick fans and those who love photography.
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Maybe Stanley Kubrick wasn't the best photographer (I have quibbles: some of his photos may be trite and ordinary) but it's a great way to see how he got started if you love his movies.
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