Taschen, whose library continues to amaze, has another incredible gem on perhaps my favorite filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick. Unlike other Kubrick books, this is the first to explore Kubrick’s personal archives. This is easily the most comprehensive study on the topic to date and the books is filled with tons of unreleased material.
There are two parts of the book and the first section explores Kubrick’s interest in non-verbal expression and presents his works in chronological order simply using frame enlargements. The second section focuses more on his creative process and highlights never before seen photos, props, posters, sketches, diaries, etc. Also included are essays by some of the leading Kubrick scholars as well as a collection of some of his best interviews.
Perhaps no other filmmaker in history has the breadth and complexity of Stanley Kubrick. Long after he shot his last frame, people continue to dissect his work and the interest is only getting stronger. I’ve seen many of his movies several times and I always find things I never knew were there. I am thrilled by this release and this is a must have book for any Kubrick or film fan.