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Unmade Stanley Kubrick
The greatest films Stanley Kubrick never made
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Perfume

Kubrick was a voracious reader and his library contained particularly well-thumbed copies of Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, Michael Herr's Vietnam reportage Dispatches and Patrick S�skind's Perfume. While Keneally's book had already been optioned by Universal for Spielberg, Dispatches led Kubrick to Gus Halford's The Short-Timers which became Full Metal Jacket. Perfume, meanwhile, with its gothic schlock and olfactory obsessions, continued to linger in the nostrils, until he reluctantly concluded it was unfilmable (and we'd like to think he considered using Smell-O-Vision).

After a 15-year rights battle, and seven years after Kubrick's death, Perfume did find its way to the screen with Thomas Tykwer behind the camera. While the German director's version married homicide and toiletries with faithful and uncompromising conviction, it divided audiences and found few fans among lovers of S�skind's novel. Perhaps Kubrick was right after all.

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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

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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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