THE STANLEY KUBRICK ARCHIVES NEW TASCHEN'S BOOK

First published in 2005, Stanley Kubrick‘s expansive legacy was chronicled in a thick hardcover TASCHEN book — it’s been added to the publication’s Bibliotecha Universalis.

By Balthazar Malevolent

THE STANLEY KUBRICK ARCHIVES NEW TASCHEN'S BOOK

Following its monograph based on David Hockney, Taschen has now put together a comprehensive account of Kubrick's works.

The book consists of a series of archival materials, such as set designs, drawings, correspondences, letters, screenplays, outlines, notes and even schedules for shoots. Taschen chose to compile all documentation chronologically in order of Kubrick's life, beginning with the opening sequence of Killer's Kiss and finishing with the last frames of Eyes Wide Shut. In addition to documents such as large stills and the aforementioned papers, the book also includes an array of essays by Kubrickian historians, old articles about the director and "a collection of [his] best interviews." Taschen defines the hardback as "a visual, archival and scholarly journey through 20th-century film masterpieces and the meticulous mind of the filmmaker behind them."

Six days after showing a final cut of Eyes Wide Shut for his family and the actors on March 7, 1999, at the age of 70 Kubrick died in his sleep, suffering a heart attack. His funeral at his home estate at Childwickbury Manor was held five days later, with only close friends and relatives attending, numbering around 100 guests. The media had been kept outside the entrance gate a mile away. Alexander Walker who attended the funeral described it as a "family farewell, almost like an English picnic," with cellists, clarinetists and singers from many of his favorite classical compositions. There was the recitation of Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning. His Jewish background was mentioned in several of his obituaries. Terry Semel, Jan Harlan, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were amongst those who gave eulogies. Kubrick was buried on the estate next to his favorite tree. His wife Christiane included one of Oscar Wilde's favorite quotations in her book dedicated to Kubrick: "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young."

Designer Andre Courreges has been making references to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) epic science fiction film in his futuristic collections of the 1970s.

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