Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir Of Stanley Kubrick And Eyes Wide Shut Frederic Raphael

ISBN: 9780752818689

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186 pages


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Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir Of Stanley Kubrick And Eyes Wide Shut  by  Frederic Raphael

Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir Of Stanley Kubrick And Eyes Wide Shut by Frederic Raphael
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Hurriedly published to coincide with the July 1999 release of Stanley Kubricks final film, Eyes Wide Shut, this slim, rather obviously titled volume by the films distinguished screenwriter offers considerably less than its cover copy leads you toMoreHurriedly published to coincide with the July 1999 release of Stanley Kubricks final film, Eyes Wide Shut, this slim, rather obviously titled volume by the films distinguished screenwriter offers considerably less than its cover copy leads you to expect.

But for avid followers of Kubricks career, even a cursory glimpse of the late directors lifestyle and creative methods will prove to be fascinating. And while Frederic Raphael instantly drew criticism and controversy from Kubricks family and friends for describing Kubrick as the sedentary wandering Jew, rootlessly rooted within his own defenses, this and other remarks must be considered in context. Eyes Wide Open must ultimately be seen to reflect Raphaels 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 Kubricks closely guarded psyche (a mission Raphael ultimately fails to accomplish), the book finally reveals--in fragments of sensitive insight--that Kubricks 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 ones first choice to play with. Whether such observations are an accurate representation of Kubricks 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 Kubricks 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 Raphaels 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 Kubricks gated domain, and were grateful for the visit. If the truth resides somewhere between the protest of Kubricks 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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