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Stanley Kubrick: A Biography

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
For decades, the films of Stanley Kubrick have staked out a claim at the core of the cultural landscape. In the 1950s he was one of the few American filmmakers, with Paths of Glory, to achieve the gravitas of European cinema. To 1960s audiences he was the man who made Dr. Strangelove, the influential anti-war movie, and the counterculture favorite 2001: A Space Odyssey. In ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 5th 1997 by Perseus (for Hbg) (first published 1997)
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Ryan
Aug 20, 2013 Ryan rated it did not like it
While Stanley Kubrick is an extremely interesting figure for a biography (he being my favorite director), John Baxter is a terrible writer. Almost all of the material is culled from 2nd hand accounts, so the entire thing reads like it was cobbled together from here-say and conjecture. The parts which Baxter does not just whole sale lift from his quotes are consistently awful, exemplified by his hilariously out-of-context quotes to begin each chapter.

This book is certainly an enjoyable read, but
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Filippo Ulivieri
Jan 15, 2016 Filippo Ulivieri rated it it was ok
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Al posto di un accurato lavoro di ricerca, Baxter si affida alle testimonianze dei collaboratori di Kubrick, correndo il rischio di scadere nel pettegolezzo. Gli intervistati si dimostrano interessati ad accentuare il lato "strano" del regista, con aneddoti sull'ossessione di Kubrick per le tette delle sue attrici o sulle sue abitudini igieniche, e lo stesso Baxter tradisce spesso la sua costante voglia di parlar male, non solo di Kubrick ma di tutti gli attori, produttori e funzionari di ...more
Alejandro Orradre
Nov 20, 2016 Alejandro Orradre rated it really liked it
Extensa y minuciosa biografía de uno de los grandes directores de cine de toda la historia, Stanley Kubrick: La biografía se sumerge en su vida de una manera exhaustiva y sin escatimar muchos detalles.

Especialmente interesante es todo lo que rodea a cómo fueron los rodajes de sus películas, antes, durante y después de ellos, el proceso creativo a través del cual vieron la luz y lo que supusieron para el mismo Kubrick.

Una obra que hará las delicias de cualquier cinéfilo.
Matt
Dec 17, 2008 Matt rated it it was ok
not that great...I've been fascinated by Kubrick the filmmaker and the man for a long time. I haven't had the chance top read any other bio of him, though of course there's better and more penetrating ones out there. This one's not so hot. there's some interesting information and anecdotes but it's not very detailed. Just an fyi....
Jaime Andrés Bayona
EL libro está lleno de datos interesantes que son valiosos para cualquier seguidor de Kubrick, sin embargo, el estilo de escritura de Baxter cansa, por lo que en ocasiones la lectura se vuelve pesada.
Zach
Sep 01, 2007 Zach rated it liked it
There's a lot of great information in this book. It's unfortunate, though, that it falls into the trap that a lot of biographies do: "And then this happened. And then this happened. And then this happened."
Djll
Apr 20, 2011 Djll rated it really liked it
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Pretty good. I already knew Kubrick was another genius asshole (like many of my other heroes, Stockhausen, Miles Davis, Van Vliet, Godard), but this book really lays the shit bare. Ouch, ouch. A master chessman who used human beings as his pieces. But, shit, then there's the work.
Hasan
Jan 23, 2014 Hasan rated it it was ok
More about the circumstances surrounding the making of his movies than about the man himself. Not the writer's fault but was hoping for more.
Evan-Liam
Dec 14, 2015 Evan-Liam rated it it was amazing
Baxter delivers an encyclopaedic study, that's more than extensive, on one of cinema's finest, most impossible minds. Reading this makes you more of an official on Kubrick than his own mother.
Drew Raley
Aug 12, 2014 Drew Raley rated it really liked it
Galloping gossip-filled rehash of well-worn Kubrick stories. However, if gossip is junk food, Baxter's bio is pure rock candy. Enjoyably bitchy and generous in the spreading of purple prose.
Andrew
Oct 15, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
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This is a realy cool book about Kubrick. It has a lot of background biographical information about the director as well as interesting inside facts about the industry.
Greg
Jan 29, 2016 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Kubrick's films when I was younger, I still do, and I thought this was quite a good book with lots of details of how he made his films. Gotta love Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket and 2001.
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John Baxter (born 1939 in Randwick, New South Wales) is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker.

Baxter has lived in Britain and the United States as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989, where he is married to the film-maker Marie-Dominique Montel. They have one daughter, Louise.

He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New Worlds, Sci
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