Part 2 fills out the story with new and old essays and articles on Kubrick’s life and work. I was impressed that only two of the interviews Castle selected for this section had previously appeared in Gene Phillips’s Stanley Kubrick Interviews. There’s also a shockingly insightful analysis of 2001 by a 15-year old girl, which Kubrick called “the most intelligent I’ve read anywhere.”
Part 2 is the real meat of The Stanley Kubrick Archives, not only because of the text, but also because of the less familiar images of the master’s still photos, movie outtakes, and behind-the-scenes shots. There’s a wild circa-Spartacus shot of a poncho-sporting Kubrick beating the bongos while James B. Harris jams along on what looks like a tin pan. There’s a generous selection of thirteen stills from the climactic pie-fight cut from Dr. Strangelove, and most thrilling of all, test shots and designs of aliens for possible inclusion in 2001.
The only downside of The Stanley Kubrick Archives—and this applies to all books of this sort—is that it has the potential to kill a movie’s magic. There are a few behind-the-scenes shots that may affect my ability to get lost in 2001 the next time I watch it. You’ve been warned.
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