Q:Hello! It's Piers Bizony here- the man who has just devoted three years non-stop trying to ensure that there is real content to the new Taschen book about 2001! Contributor Matthew Hunt will not be disappointed by "scarce content!"
Hello Mr Bizony, I just posted your comment about your upcoming book, thank you very much for your contribution here and, as a fan of Kubrick’s films, for your work on a new book.
Hi - I am Piers Bizony - author and originator of the new Taschen book about the making of “2001”. Well, it’s always extremely useful to receive feedback, but I can assure your twitter contributors that this is not just a “cool book with scarce content.” I have spent three years full-time, working with Stanley’s close family, plus Warner Bros., and of course, the keepers/guardians of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts, London. This is a labour of love and commitment - and the Taschen design and packaging is the icing on a very serious cake! Some half-century after the film was first conceived, and its production set in motion, this is the most comprehensive celebration that we could come up with. No book on something so enormous as “2001” can ever be “final” but this is as close as I can come. I really look forward to feedback once readers have had a chance to open the smooth, crisp, black metal monolith casing (not cardboard!) and look inside … The casing alone is a permanent work of art!
Caution: Adult Content
Clip of Jack visiting Room 237, excerpted from the original Japanese laserdisc edition of The Shining.
Joan Honour Smith, the photo retouching artist who composited Jack Nicholson into the vintage photo at the end of the film, recalled that Stanley Kubrick was particularly incensed by this clumsy attempt at censorship.
Never before seen “demonstration reel” for Dr. Strangelove, narrated by Stanley Kubrick himself.
These continuity Polaroids offer a glimpse into a deleted scene from The Shining.
In the finished film, the scene of Wendy and Danny exploring the hedge maze is intercut with shots of Jack wandering the hotel, bored and suffering from writer’s block. As originally filmed, Jack then wandered to the balcony overlooking the Colorado Lounge, and glanced down to his writing table to see something that hadn’t been there previously — a large scrapbook. Jack’s typewriter, paper, cigarettes, pens, etc. were mysteriously arranged in a quasi-Native American design on the floor leading to the table and the scrapbook.
Jack went to down to investigate and found that the scrapbook was full of newspaper clippings from the Overlook Hotel’s lurid past. He became entranced with it.
The scrapbook figured in several other deleted scenes, and provided the original inspiration for Jack to finally begin writing. Most of the scenes with the scrapbook have been omitted in the final film, though there are still some lingering shots where the scrapbook lies on Jack’s writing table, unexplained.
In the screenplay, the final shot of the movie is a long slow camera move towards the scrapbook sitting upon the table. Inside the scrapbook is the ballroom photo with Jack smiling. Presumably, when Kubrick decided to remove the scrapbook element from the story, he repurposed that same idea by pushing down the hall and finding the framed photo on the wall.
Vivian Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick’s seventeen-year-old daughter, standing on the Caretaker’s Apartment set of The Shining.
Vivian filmed nearly sixty hours of behind-the-scenes footage during the production, some of which ended up being used in her documentary on the making of the film.
(Photo courtesy Beth Butler, who was John Alcott’s lighting assistant on The Shining)
Lighting test Polaroid from the production of The Shining. These black and white Polaroids were shot to test lighting setups and aperture settings prior to filming.
In this photo, Lighting Assistant Beth Butler stands in for Shelley Duvall, for the scene where Wendy brings Jack breakfast in bed.
(Photo courtesy Beth Butler)
A bottle of fake blood used during the filming of The Shining.
This bottle has been kept for over three decades by the parents of Lisa and Louise Burns, who played the Grady twins in the film. It was given to them as a memento of their time working on the movie.
They recall being asked to lie down in the hallway set, and that the blood, nicknamed “Kensington Gore”, was poured over them from a jug. Neither remembers being particularly bothered by the nature of the scene.
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1. I want YOU to break out your VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, or any other format (film print?)
2. Go to the Rainbow Fashions sequence and go this frame:
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