December 26, 2022

Kubrick’s Napoleon


Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made. Published by Taschen.

An excerpt from, "Was Napoleon the greatest film never made?"  By Nicholas Barber, BBC, August 15, 2019:

The Stanley Kubrick exhibition at London’s Design Museum examines the making of every one of the extraordinary director’s films. But its opening section is devoted to a film he didn’t make: a biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte. As odd as that might seem, Kubrick fans are almost as fixated on Napoleon – to use its working title – as they are on anything else in his awe-inspiring canon. Critics regularly hail it as the greatest and most tantalising unfinished film of all. Besides, the story of how Napoleon was nearly-but-not-quite made exemplifies Kubrick’s sky-high ambition, his ravenous intellectual curiosity and his obsessive planning. “We put the display upfront because it’s a beautiful illustration of his process,” says Adrienne Groen, the co-curator of the Design Museum’s exhibition. “You can see his methods, and the amount of material he gathered before he even started."

Video Title: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon. The Greatest Movie Never Made. TASCHEN Books. Source: TASCHEN. Date Published: February 8, 2010.

Video Title: Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made. Source: CinemaniacSeventy7. Date Published: January 14, 2013.