Stanley Kubrick: An early and important collection of letters from Kubrick to the Boulting brothers at Shepperton Studio, 7th September 1962 - 1st October 1962,
Lot 10
Stanley Kubrick: An early and important collection of letters from Kubrick to the Boulting brothers at Shepperton Studio,
7th September 1962 - 1st October 1962,
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,700 - 4,000

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Stanley Kubrick: An early and important collection of letters from Kubrick to the Boulting brothers at Shepperton Studio, 7th September 1962 - 1st October 1962,
Stanley Kubrick: An early and important collection of letters from Kubrick to the Boulting brothers at Shepperton Studio,
7th September 1962 - 1st October 1962,
comprising five typed letters providing us with a detailed insight into Kubrick's concerns and questions regarding the potential of shooting his new film 'Dr Strangelove' at the famous Shepperton Studios in England. The first typed letter from Kubrick dated 7th September from New York, addressed to John (Boulting) describes how Kubrick is trying to decide between England and America to shoot his new film, making points on some necessary requirements such as a break-away mock-up of the interior of a large jet bomber, on the order of an American B-52....before continuing, Might there be any stock units (say of a Boeing 707 or a Comet) which might be altered and added to? He goes on to ask if the top colour model and matte man could call him in New York, at Plaza 28181 or Trafalgar 36161, to discuss details. His next set of questions read Taking an approximate guess, how much more would you say it would add to below the line costs to shoot in colour instead of black and white, assuming an ideal crew? Say, if the B&W cost was £200,000 what would it be in colour? Do you have the new high-speed Eastman color stock in Britain? Can one do really good back projection in color in Britain? Signed Best, Stan, with a P.S. Do you have electricity at Shepperton? in blue ink. The second typed letter dated the 12th September recalls a telegram Kubrick has received from Roy Boulting stating they welcome the prospect of him making his next film at Shepperton Studios, signed Stan in black ink. The third typed letter dated 25th September to Roy (Boulting) describes how Kubrick cannot cope with a number of unknown factors including no budget or schedule, before asking for details about the cutting rooms, projections times, lights, camera equipment, basis for standby time on stages, construction periods, dubbing facilities and time allocated, signed Stanley in black ink. The fourth typed letter dated 1st October to Roy (Boutling) states Kubrick is booked to sail on October 4, if the longshoreman's strike doesn't prevent departure, signed Stanley in black ink. The final document being a copy of a typed letter from, Columbia Pictures, New York, dated 4th October, addressed to John (Boulting) stating they have signed a two picture deal with Kubrick, the first of which will be DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I STOPPED WORRYING AND LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired by the vendor, Gareth Owen, whilst researching for his book 'The Shepperton Story: The History Of The World-Famous Film Studio', published in 2009.

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  • Please note that this lot is sold without copyright. The copyright is retained by Stanley Kubrick Films Archive LLC (SKFA).
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