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Título: Eyes Wide Open : A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick...
Editorial: Orion, London
Año de publicación: 1999
Encuadernación: Hard Back
Condición del libro: Very Good
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
Edición: First Edition
SIGNED by Frederick Raphael on the title page, not inscribed to anyone. Clean first edition hard back with dust jacket in VERY GOOD / VERY GOOD condition. The dust jacket has several short closed tears and a little edge wear. Not clipped. N° de ref. de la librería 9278
¿I¿ve never achieved spectacular success with a film. My reputation has grown slowly. I suppose you could
say that I¿m a successful film-maker ¿ in that a number of people speak well of me...¿
Frederic Raphael first worked with Stanley Kubrick in the 1970s. Since then he has worked with him at various times but no project has been as intense and demanding as his collaboration with Kubrick on his final film Eyes Wide Shut which was finished just before Kubrick¿s death in March 1999. This memoir will be about this collaboration and will be written in a cinematic form ¿ partly prose, partly film script. It will be a movie on the page and will give the reader a chance to ¿hear¿ the thinking, attitudes and methods of a great director woven with many anecdotes about stars he worked with along the way such as James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Marisa Berenson, Leonard Rossiter, Brando, Gregory Peck and many more. The long conversations between Raphael and Kubrick, usually conducted on the telephone, were not only about the problems concerning the film but also about many other things from Julius Caesar to the Holocaust, the films of Kieslowski and Tarantino. Kubrick was unusually revealing about his early life in the cinema and of the reverses and humiliations which he had to endure.
Críticas: For avid followers of Stanley Kubrick's career, this glimpse of the late director's lifestyle and creative methods will prove to be fascinating. And while Frederic Raphael instantly drew criticism and controversy from Kubrick's family and friends for describing Kubrick as "the sedentary wandering Jew, rootlessly rooted within his own defences," this and other remarks must be considered in context. Eyes Wide Open must ultimately be seen to reflect Raphael's conflicting emotions about a filmmaker he clearly admires and respects, even if their collaboration resulted in equal parts elation, exasperation, and hard-won rewards. Using notebook entries, vivid recollection, and re-created scenes in screenplay format, Raphael paints a portrait as revealing of himself (if not more so) than of Kubrick, and neither man comes across without blemish. Simultaneously self-indulgent, frustrating, and fascinating in its attempt to probe Kubrick's closely guarded psyche (a mission Raphael ultimately fails to accomplish), the book finally reveals--in fragments of sensitive insight--that Kubrick's reputation as a reclusive genius did in fact hide a very complex, intensely intelligent, and surprisingly human being. In one passage Raphael observes that "Stanley was so determined to be aloof and unfeeling that my heart went out to him. Somewhere along the line he was still the kid in the playground who had been no one's first choice to play with". Whether such observations are an accurate representation of Kubrick's personality is beside the point; that Raphael made the observation speaks volumes of both men, and this book is filled with similar revelations.
In addition to offering a privileged look at Kubrick's collaborative process, the book also reveals elusive details about Kubrick the man--pet lover, intellectual challenger, gracious host--and the result is a warmer image of him than that afforded by decades of distant speculation by journalists too willing to perpetuate the "myth" of Kubrick as omnipotent genius. If Raphael's book invites criticism and charges of blatant opportunism (with Kubrick unable to defend himself), it also provides a rare and often fascinating look at an artist who constantly eluded the gaze of outsiders. Raphael takes us inside Kubrick's gated domain, and we're grateful for the visit. If the truth resides somewhere between the protest of Kubrick's family and the insights presented here, we can at least use this book as a guide through previously uncharted territory. --Jeff Shannon
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