A group of letters from Stanley Kubrick, together with a photograph by him and a drawing of Kubrick published in The New Yorker
1966-70, four typed letters signed, one typed letter initialed, three autograph letters signed, and one autograph letter initialed. All to Jeremy Bernstein, an American physicist who also wrote for The New Yorker. In 1965, Bernstein was assigned by the magazine to write an article on science fiction and chose a review of work by Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke was pleased with the article and wrote to Bernstein, asking him to lunch. When they met, Clarke told Bernstein of the film he was working on with Stanley Kubrick and invited him to meet the director. This meeting prompted Bernstein to write a short article on which was published in The New Yorker in April of that year, and he soon began working on a full scale profile of the director which would be published in 1966.
Bernstein and Kubrick bonded over their shared love of chess and the interviews led to a friendship that lasted throughout the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey and into the 1970s. In these letters, Kubrick makes various comments relating to 2001. In 1966, he writes of a recent Newsweek article, "I don't think it could have been less accurate. At least Arthur sounds dumb this time, 'I think there's another world out there, etc.'" In 1968, after Bernstein has published a review of 2001, Kubrick writes, "The only bad mistake in it is that in the novel it was A.C.['s] intention that Starchild saved the world by detonating the orbital bombs...You will note that ending is note one that I subscribed to."
The lot also includes a pen and ink drawing of Kubrick by Tom Funk that accompanied Bernstein's 1966 profile, as well as a photograph that Kubrick took of Bernstein, the director's wife Christiane, and their children while trying out a new wide angle camera during one of the writer's visits. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Bernstein. The writer's interviews with Kubrick are still regularly consulted by film historians and were utilized by curators mounting current exhibition on the director at the LA County Museum of Art.
Letters: 7 x 10 to 8 x 12 in.; Photograph: 9 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.; Drawing: 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.