Kubrick Log ~ Napoleon

TASCHEN Books: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon

Amazon.com: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made (9783836523356): Alison Castle: Books

Letters of Note: I expect to make the best movie ever made


Oct 20 1971

1. I propose we make a deal to film Napoleon based on the following premises.

2. I will do a new screenplay. Naturally, in the two years since the first one was written I have had new ideas.

3. It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.

4. Budget 4,000,000 bellow the line. Part of this, about 1,000,000 to be spent in Romania for the large scenes.

5. The interiors and small extreiors to be done on location with a very small French documentary sized shooting unit. Idea is to save money, shoot available light to make it look real (like Clockwork Orange) and y exploit the fully dressed interiors of the period which are readily available in France.

6. Above the line: Napoleon, SK, MGM debt, UA debt, no other big stars would be envisioned. ,I suggest actors of the ipecapable calibre of Ptarick Magee (Mr Alexander in CWO) and others are readily available at reasonable non- star deals.

7. I would employ the stop and go three picutre production approach. Theory being that big pictures run s away because a l hughe strip boar is made and when the film starts planning stops. All the key people are too burdened down with day to day responsibilities. Idea would be to have 1. picture with 1-10 people, interirs France. Natural light and simulated. Very lowo overhead.

2. Stop and re plan for x modest exteriors x-y number of crowd.

3. Big exteriors Romanina: battles, marching, revolution.

Each section will be planned in front, but there will be time to re assess everything between each film. All personell except x y z will be dismissed. actor deals will be predicated on this approach.

8. Roll of Cyrus Eaton company.

9. 35mm full aperture but no scope. Can blow up to 70mm height with normal proportions if so desired.

10. Plan to start shooting small section on—— middle on—– big on——–

11. What immediate action has to be taken: Permissions in France, Romanina deal, locations scouted in France and Romania, script, additional money for writers and book rights,


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