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I really enjoyed this memoir about one of my favorite directors. This book touched me by channeling a range of emotions throughout the story. The most it did was give me tremendous insights on a reclusive genius. If you think you’d be interested in learning more about Stanley Kubrick, you should listen to this book.
This title was well written and well performed so it falls on your ears pleasantly.
R.I.P. Stanley Kubrick
Where does Stanley Kubrick and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of the better audible books I've purchased, as I wasn't anticipating the level of emotional involvement that came from the bond between Emilio and Kubrick. As an overall tale, it's very interesting if only to know the in's and out's of a life of director, but if one is already a Kubrick fan, then I'd say this is a must because it fleshes Kubrick out as a three-dimensional, complex character: An animal lover that treated his employees like slaves at times, a warm and affectionate man that wanted control in nearly every facet of his life, a complete perfectionist that could be completely messy and absent-minded.
What did you like best about this story?
This is one of the best stories of brotherly love I've ever encountered. Even if you are not a fan of Kubrick, the slow and sure unfoldment of the unbreakable bond between Stanley and Emilio is utterly absorbing.
That said, the frustrating part was how Kubrick acted as a boss: manipulative, petulant, absurdly unfair while demanding extreme hours and dedication from his team around him. This no doubt emanated from both Kubrick's complete lack of trust in others as well as his utter absorption in his work, but, by god, if I were an employee of his, I would have quit after one film.
Perhaps the most frustrating anecdote in the book was how much Kubrick cared about not wanting to kill ants coming out of the drain. When this was juxtaposed next to his utter unwillingness to give his employees time off -- and he acted completely oblivious to the fact that he was driving his employees to ill-health from his work demands -- it's as frustrating as it is maddening. This is a running counterpoint throughout the book that balances out the brotherly bond between director and personal assistant.
Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?
Kubrick and Emilio both.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
As the review tagline implies, "Horrible Bosses". To be less tongue and cheek, "Stanley and Me"
Any additional comments?
I found it odd that Leon Vitali wasn't mentioned once in the book (at least, that I could recall). If Emilio was Kubrick's right-hand man in Kubrick's business and personal affairs, that was Leon Vitali's role in Kubrick's film productions. How he doesn't play a bigger role in this book is perplexing, unless Vitali requested not to be included in the book.
Such a brilliant memoir; recommended for all fans of filmmaking and the cinema of Stanley Kubrick.
If you like cinema, you'll love this book. Great to learn about Kubrick's personality and work ethic