Taschen makes some of the most interesting and desirable books around. Of course, that may have to do with their film focus and exceptional quality. A year or so ago they released The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: a space odyssey and boy was it a thing of beauty. Sadly, it was priced as a $1,000 collector’s edition and well out of my price range. It also sold out immediately.
But now, the company has reprinted the amazing tome — written by Piers Bizony — at an easier-to-budget price. Gone are the reproductions of film stills, the screenplay and Kubrick’s production notes, but the meat of it is reprinted and that’s certainly enough for me.
From the website:
This comprehensive visual record includes on and off set photographs, pre-production paintings, and conceptual designs from the Kubrick archives. With numerous fold-outs, these dazzling images offer insight both into Kubrick’s meticulous directorial methods, and into the mysteries and magnetism of a film at once vast in scope and intricate in its exploration of our relationship to technology.
As it happens, I own a copy of Taschen’s The Stanley Kubick Archives and it’s also a beauty, but I know I can never have enough Kubrick material.
That’s the trouble with film gear and film collectibles. There’s never enough of it and never enough money for it.
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