pearls of cinematic memorabilia

From one master to another. A telegram received in 1968 by Stanley Kubrick shortly after the release of his cinematic tour de force, 2001: A Space Odyssey; sent to him by fellow filmmaker, Federico Fellini.

There have been countless words written about Stanley Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey — some good, some bad — but after 45 years, this superb book remains the only one you’ll ever really need. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about 2001. It leads off with Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel” and closes with a complete reprint of Stanley Kubrick’s interview with Playboy magazine. In between are profiles, interviews with technical advisors, effects secrets revealed, letters to Stanley from the moviegoing public, as well as reviews of the film, both good and bad. A fascinating snapshot of a moment in history when the world was caught off guard by a motion picture.

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Rare footage of Stanley Kubrick from The Peter Sellers Story UNCUT, a very rare 3 hour version:

Holy shit, FOOTAGE. Kubrick’s at Pt 2 - 17:25, 17:33, 17:39 and 17:58. There are several quotes from Kubrick about Sellers, but read out by an American actor (referring to the part in the article in which it states you hear from Kubrick himself).

Remarkable. Kubrick playing tennis in a suit.

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For the avid Sellers fan, this is the jackpot—the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. The Peter Sellers Story UNCUT: As He Filmed It, a very rare 3 hour version (not 90 min condensed rebroadcast version). Using a unique collection of his own home movies shot between 1948 and 1977 and discovered years after his death, this film presents an intriguing and intimate portrait of Peter Sellers. Told in his own words, and including many well-known personalities from Stanley Kubrick, Sophia Loren and Robert Wagner to members of the Royal Family, in particular Princess Margaret and Prince Charles, this revealing film builds a fascinating and definitive record of a unique genius.

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Select pages from the final shooting script of 2001: A Space Odyssey as exactly reprinted in the original version of the book The Making of Kubrick’s 2001 (edited wonderfully by Jerome Agel 1970—second printing, pg 165.)

With thanks to Matt Degennaro

The complete screenplay of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Typographically designed to read during watching the movie.

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Orson Welles presents Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky with Best Director honors at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

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This is an old and rare production script draft for the Alien. It is known that the initial Dan O'Bannon screenplay suffered several rewrites once David Giler and Walter Hill bought the rights, until the last and definitve one dated June 78. Most known Alien scripts are dated june 1978, or december 1978, or even may 78. This one from February 78 is even earlier, what makes it special. Even still hasnt the scene numbers on it. All pages are white, but little yellowed because of age, and with a strong smell of old paper. There is an “8” number on the top of the right corner of the title page, writen in blue pencil, indicating the crew member ownership. Being an early draft in the preproduction, not many crew members had copies of this draft, even Ridley Scott arrived at produciton this very same month. So this one is hard to get. –Alvaro Perez