The good folks at Stanley and Us Project have assembled a series of tales of Kubrick from a documentary by directors Mauro di Flaviano, Federico Greco, Stefano Landini on Stanley Kubrick. The shooting began in 1997, during the Venice Film Festival, when the Golden Lion for the career was given to Mr. Kubrick. The final result included interviews to more than 30 collaborators, friends and relatives, many shootings on the Kubrick’s film locations and a collection of documentation material, such as photos and screenplays. Most part of this material was organised in 37 episodes of 15 minutes each plus a 1 hour film for the Italian satellite channel Rai Sat.
In 1997 during the course of making the original Stanley and Us documentary, the trio recorded over seven-and-half hours’ worth of interviews, but only used a small percentage of this in the finished film. After Stanley and Us was released in 1999, they packaged the interviews in to 30-minute shows for Italian television’s RAI channel. Over the past two years as part of the on-going Stanley and Us Project interviews have been appearing on YouTube and include such gems as waspish critic, the late Alexander Walker explaining why Kubrick was in awe of Peter Sellers, and why Sellers was mad; daughter Katharina Kubrick talking about the “crazy time” after the release of A Clockwork Orange; designer Ken Adam on Kubrick verses Bond; the legendary actor Murray Melvin discussing 57 takes on Barry Lyndon; editor Gordon Stainforth on why Kubrick was always right; Darth Vader actor David Prowse on “one-take Kubrick”; actor Michael Tarn on why the script was the book; executive producer Jan Harlan on Kubrick’s use of time; and Kubrick’s wife Christiane on Stanley’s acceptance speech video for Directors Guild of America D.W. Griffith Award and why he didn’t do interviews; and Walker again, this time on Kubrick’s funeral. Playlist below begins with biographer John Baxter on Kubrick’s “private movies for a public audience.” —Dangerous Minds
Embedded below are excerpts from The Peter Sellers Story, a marvelous documentary directed by Peter Lydon featuring Seller’s home movies shot with his portable cameras. These excerpts covers the year when Sellers became famous in the US and the time he spent with Stanley Kubrick, making Lolita and Dr. Strangelove in England. Scenes from both Lolita and Dr. Strangelove are included and quotes from Kubrick statements about Sellers are read by the narrator.
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