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Unmade Stanley Kubrick
The greatest films Stanley Kubrick never made
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Unmade Stanley Kubrick | Napoleon Unmade Stanley Kubrick
Napoleon

The greatest movie he never made, Napoleon was a lifelong obsession for Kubrick. Scrupulous as ever, the auteur trawled thousands of documents, creating 25,000 index cards charting character and plot developments. He lined up Jack Nicholson to play the diminutive emperor and scouted locations. So committed was he that he even started eating like Napoleon, fulfilling every child's fantasy in the set canteen of A Clockwork Orange by starting every meal with pudding.

Napoleon was far enough into development for Kubrick to have negotiated 50,000 extras for the climactic Waterloo battle scenes - almost as many as turned up for the battle itself. The director could only curse his luck when Rod Steiger's Napoleon took to the field in 1970's Waterloo. After witnessing that film bomb, MGM pulled the pin on Napoleon, leaving Kubrick to walk away and start work on another candlelit period piece, Barry Lyndon.

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1 I wish he was still alive.
Posted on Monday August 3, 2009, 17:22 by MartyW
Stanley kubrick is one of my all time favourite british movie directors, him and christopher nolan. It seemed Kubrick went through a hell of a lot trying to get these films made but unfortunately not working out in the end. As every kubrick fan will know, he pretty much nailed every type of film genre there is and i still wonder what A.I would of been like if he directed it and not spielberg. Read More

2 Perfume is brilliant.
Posted on Saturday August 1, 2009, 23:01 by simon2006
And it should be widely accepted as so. Read More

3 God I miss having new Kubrick movies to discover
Posted on Saturday August 1, 2009, 10:59 by Wrathschild
The Stanley Kubrick Archives is a fascinating read and worth the price tag folks. Now then, what to watch today... Barry Lyndon or Eyes Wide Shut? decisions... Read More

4
Posted on Friday July 31, 2009, 19:05 by sidownes
Never mind this list, I'm looking forward to the upcoming Michael Bay helmed remake of 2001. The original is far too boring for da kids, innit? Read More

5 Fantastic
Posted on Friday July 31, 2009, 14:22 by liam.hobbs
Stanley Kubrick is my favourite director ever, closely contested however. His films are exceptional and it was a shame he never got to make AI; that really would have been the best film for him to leave his legacy. These other projects he had planned sound interesting, and again is a shame he never got to make them; the studios should have had more faith and let him finish the projects he started. Hopefully a director one day, who understands films and has the knowledge and passion for the sometimes complex plots Kubrick created, will emerge and tackle the unfinished films and scripts and bring them to life. Read More

6 Oops
Posted on Friday July 31, 2009, 13:42 by Manfrendshensindshen
I'm sorry to be the first anal anorak in line, but Kubrick's brother-in-law's name is Jan HarlAn. And Perfume's director has been known as Tom Tykwer to the rest of the world. But apart from those niggles I'll give this feature a thumbs up. There are a number of other screenplays and books the Great Bearded One optioned or commissioned over the decades, but those are indeed the ones that came closest to fruition. I actually had the honour of reading one of the drafts of Napoleon and can report that it's an interesting, but hardly revolutionary biopic in terms of writing style and narrative. I guess the full scope of the whole enterprise can only be imagined with those tradmark Kubrick visuals missing... Read More


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