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Was Napoleon the greatest film never made? [Kubrick] [ed]
BBC ^ | August 15, 2019 | Nicholas Barber

Posted on 08/15/2019 1:45:47 PM PDT by C19fan

The Stanley Kubrick exhibition at London’s Design Museum examines the making of every one of the extraordinary director’s films. But its opening section is devoted to a film he didn’t make: a biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte. As odd as that might seem, Kubrick fans are almost as fixated on Napoleon – to use its working title – as they are on anything else in his awe-inspiring canon. Critics regularly hail it as the greatest and most tantalising unfinished film of all. Besides, the story of how Napoleon was nearly-but-not-quite made exemplifies Kubrick’s sky-high ambition, his ravenous intellectual curiosity and his obsessive planning. “We put the display upfront because it’s a beautiful illustration of his process,” says Adrienne Groen, the co-curator of the Design Museum’s exhibition. “You can see his methods, and the amount of material he gathered before he even started.

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TOPICS: History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; kubrick; movies; napoleon
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The article mentions Audrey Hepburn was offered the role of Josephine. She played Natasha in the Hollywood version of "War and Peace". Kubrick was going to use the upwards of 20,000 Romanian soldiers as extras. This project was doomed when "Waterloo", directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, lost money at the box office. The other what if movie was Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted "Dune" project.
1 posted on 08/15/2019 1:45:47 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
Did they have to ask?


2 posted on 08/15/2019 1:48:11 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them.)
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Well, at least he made Barry Lyndon as a consolation, which is one of my favorite films. I also liked Waterloo.
3 posted on 08/15/2019 1:50:34 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (If it weren't for fake hate crimes, there would be no hate crimes at all.)
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To: Magnum44
Best art direction:


4 posted on 08/15/2019 1:52:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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There was a great nap film. Silent. French. Five hours. I watched 2 hours. Had dinner. Back for last three. Used split and triple screen. Sepia for battle scenes.


5 posted on 08/15/2019 1:54:39 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( Use Comey's Report, Indict Hillary now; build Kate's wall. --- Proud Smelly Walmart Deplorable)
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Need miniseries


6 posted on 08/15/2019 1:55:06 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( Use Comey's Report, Indict Hillary now; build Kate's wall. --- Proud Smelly Walmart Deplorable)
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To: Magnum44

Like anyone can even know that.

7 posted on 08/15/2019 1:56:48 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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To: morphing libertarian

watch the Napoleon series by PBS.


8 posted on 08/15/2019 1:58:11 PM PDT by max americana (Fired ONE libtard at work at every election since 2008 because I enjoy it. I hope every lib die.)
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To: C19fan

It’s a tough subject, and everyone is entitled to an opinion on what they imagine to be the greatest film never made. Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope would probably get my vote.


9 posted on 08/15/2019 1:58:28 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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10 posted on 08/15/2019 1:59:36 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: morphing libertarian

There was a great nap film. Silent. French. Five hours

1927 Napoleon by Able Gance - watched on the big screen at a special showing around 1980, it was great.


11 posted on 08/15/2019 1:59:39 PM PDT by Jolla
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I have watched Waterloo a dozen times, great movie, Rod Steiger as Boney, Chrisopher Plummer as Wellington - even an appearance by Orson Wells. A very factual based movie - very in line with events.


12 posted on 08/15/2019 2:01:41 PM PDT by Jolla
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Napoléon vu par Abel Gance - saw it with a live orchestra in San Antonio in 1980.
13 posted on 08/15/2019 2:04:34 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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So you were the other one there


14 posted on 08/15/2019 2:04:55 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( Use Comey's Report, Indict Hillary now; build Kate's wall. --- Proud Smelly Walmart Deplorable)
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Any Godzilla movie has to be near the top of the list.

15 posted on 08/15/2019 2:06:23 PM PDT by seawolf101 (Member LES DEPLORABLES)
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That’s what I’m talking about. Sweeeeet!


16 posted on 08/15/2019 2:06:55 PM PDT by dhs12345
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1927 Napoleon by Able Gance - watched on the big screen at a special showing around 1980, it was great.

I saw it too right after it was restored sometime in the late '70s, outstanding film.

17 posted on 08/15/2019 2:09:03 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono
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I saw it too right after it was restored sometime in the late '70s, outstanding film.

I saw it in 1982 here in Houston with the three screens and an orchestra conducted by Carmine Coppola. It's actually been restored some more since then with more found footage. I think it's almost an hour longer.

18 posted on 08/15/2019 2:22:02 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (If it weren't for fake hate crimes, there would be no hate crimes at all.)
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To: seawolf101
Oh no...
There goes Tokyo!
19 posted on 08/15/2019 2:26:40 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: C19fan
Dr Strangelove gets my vote.
20 posted on 08/15/2019 2:27:33 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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