Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made
Publisher: TASCHEN America LLC 2009
Limited edition of 1,000. Numbered.
Condition: Impeccable. Book presented within packaging of origin. Signed by the promoter and producer, Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick’s brother in law
Dimensions: 44 x 36 x 14 cm (17-1/3 x 14-1/8 x 5-1/2 in.)
Weight: approx. 10 kg. (22 lbs.)
Limited edition book which compiles all the material used for the production of the film "Napoleon" by Stanley Kubrick, considered by critics and the public to be the best director of all time. During most of his career, Stanley Kubrick was a very elusive person and granted very few interviews. Two video interviews and one radio interview with the BBC exist, plus a long article in Playboy magazine which was published in book form. The latter dates from 1968 and has realized for the premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". For the rest of his career and until his death in 1999, he gave no interview nor has made public appearances, which prompted the enmity from the press resulting in imagining a thousand stories about his loneliness in his London home. The truth is that Stanley hated the spotlight of fame and decided to work and live in the English countryside where their children could enjoy their privacy.
The extreme intelligence of Stanley Kubrick is legendary. He was extremely skilled at what he wanted to do and cultivated many interests. But his obsession was the character of Napoleon. For the screenplay preparation, Stanley Kubrick had studied more than 500 biographical volumes about Napoleon.
Although the film was destined to be the most expensive and ambitious film at Warner Bros. during his time, the producer decided to stop production due to the failure of the movie, “Waterloo” at the box office, whose costs were already very expensive.
After the death of Stanley Kubrick, his brother in law and film producer, Jan Harlan decided to gather all the archives into a book. Two versions of this book have been created: one with the summary of all the material, and another was a special limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies.
Considering the vast amount of documents, two versions were made. A “light” edition with a summary of illustrated material and a special limited edition that was numbered to 1,000, That edition contains almost all materials (15,000 photographs of sites), costumes, paintings and Napoleonic images in general (17,000). A selection was made for print and the rest was digitally organized and the owner of the special edition has a unique code that allows access to the entire catalog; which is divided into 10 books with all the elements belonging to different aspects of the film: screenplay, cinematography, costumes, scenery, production, etc.
Condition report :
- Items quantity: 1
- Author : Stanley Kubrick
- Height in cm : 44 cm
- Width in cm : 36 cm
- Expertissim Reference: 2016030200