- Hardcover: 1112 pages
- Publisher: Taschen; Har/Psc Mu edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3836523353
- ISBN-13: 978-3836523356
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 3 x 13.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made Hardcover – April 1, 2011
"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)"
About the Author
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 Archives.
Top Customer Reviews
Stanley Kubrick's passion for research, beauty, and functional organization is no secret. It is ironic and unfortunate, that this book was incredibly well researched, meticulous in what was put in (and left out), well organized, but was printed in an odd format, in a way that stifles clear communication of the book's own content. It was not formatted for function, but for concept.
The volume is over 1000 pages yet uses a distinctly vertical format to feel like a book from the Napoleon era. The pages curl tremendously towards the center, and the text documents within the book fan out from the binding of the book, for that feel of actually looking through originals. Unfortunately, the information close to the center of the book becomes so curved due to the book's size that the reader has to angle their head or move the book to read (particularly around page 500). The hundreds of sequential photos do not read well across a vertical format; they are just over an inch wide and unclear. Often these images are of etchings from napoleons era, an art form whose beauty resides in the details.
I get the conceptual appeal of the book format. It looks nice on my coffee table. It just needed to be a much bigger book to feel clear, or in another format to properly use.
Instead of focusing on the type of BOOK that was produced in the napoleonic era, it would have been much more pleasurable for the reader, to design the format of the book around the FILM Stanley Kubrick designed. Stanley wasn't going to film Napoleon in the common aspect-ratio of prints and paintings from the Napoleonic era.Read more ›
Be warned, this is a huge and heavy book. It is hard to hold on your lap and really needs a horizontal place of honor for storage. I hate to suggest a coffee table but maybe a Napoleonic cabinet would work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely stunning book. Delivery wasn't exactly speedy, but whaddya expect if you're ordering something from Germany.Published on September 3, 2014 by Tyler Brewer
If you like Kubrick's work - then this is a book to read - I read the script once and was astounded- this gives all the details and background. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by D. Roller
An enormous compendium of the encyclopedic research Kubrick did for his unmade film. What a fantastic project this book must have been, to retrace the research steps taken by that... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Lewis Shepherd
I found no better definition than this: "You have to see it to believe it, which is appropriate when you consider Kubrick's obsession... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Paulo Fontana
If ever proof were needed that it was a myth that Stanley Kubrick was in a position to make any film he wanted, his oft-thwarted attempts to bring his dream project Napoleon to the... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Trevor Willsmer
This book was purchased in December 2011 (meant as a gift for my friend). Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to make the gesture but I couldn't bring myself to give it away... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Dana Serban
HUGE volume. Plenty of material to read. Contains a lot of art work he clipped from books for reference as to how sets should look,,etc.Published on February 7, 2013 by Jeff
great book,great photos and behind the scenes content. got it for my fiancé as a Christmas present, and he loves itPublished on January 5, 2013 by Danielle