This is GREAT news!
We’ve just officially confirmed with Taschen that a far more affordable “Trade” reprint edition of Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon is being prepared for release sometime next year. It’ll no doubt still be somewhat expensive as books go, but it’ll also still be a MUCH better chance for serious Kubrick fans to experience the lost riches of his legendary unfinished masterpiece. We’ll post more details as they become available.
(via The Digital Bits)
I had previously drooled over the sheer Kubrickian scope of this $1500 lost treasure trove (sculpted by the geniuses at TASCHEN, in particular Alison Castle, and limited to 1000 numbered copies which sold out last fall) in this enthusiastic post I made back in August 2K9. So to find out that Taschen will in fact be releasing an affordable reprint of the massive 10-books-in-1 package (representative of the 4 years that Stanley spent obsessively amassing and adapting countless details on the life of Napoleon), thereby giving all of us broke cinephiles a realistic opportunity to soak up and imagine what Kubrick’s unfilmed masterpiece truly could have been, was simply music to my ears (and film to my eyes).