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Lot 6
Napoleon: An interesting collection of production documents and letters for Stanley Kubrick's unfinished production,
1970, Qty
Sold for £ 4,750 (US$ 6,145) inc. premium

Lot Details
Napoleon: An interesting collection of production documents and letters for Stanley Kubrick's unfinished production,
1970,
including; two personal typescript letters on Stanley Kubrick letter-headed paper signed Stanley; the first to Eugene Mollo (John's father) asking for the location of each battle from the Italian Campaign to Waterloo and if this could be located on a map; and the second to Andrew Mollo (John's brother) confirming they will be added on the payroll; together with production paperwork and two original photos of costumes taken at Stanley Kubrick's house (sold without copyright), as well as numerous letters from the Historical Research Unit to/from Stanley Kubrick's office documenting costume specifications, budgets, quantities, historical details, and a final letter from Kubrick's assistant Ray Lovejoy dated 2nd December 1968 stating when the agreement between MGM and the Historical Research Unit was terminated, (Qty)

Footnotes

  • Both Eugene and Andrew Mollo were also reputable Military History advisors, and together with John they ran the 'Historical Research Unit' advising on military uniforms, etiquette, and formalities. John and Kubrick's shared perfectionism is a characteristic which bonded the pair and enabled them to work very well together, on projects such as Napoleon.

    Napoleon was to have been Kubrick's shining achievement, his planned three-hour epic was the culmination of a decade-long obsession from the great filmmaker. His plan was to use huge numbers of locally-sourced infantry and cavalry men, filming the battle scenes in Yugoslavia, with further location filming in key locations in France and Italy.

    Often referred to as ...the greatest movie never made, Napoleon was to have been Stanley Kubrick's tour de force as he, devoting years to the project – which was unceremoniously cancelled by the Studio as public interest in historical epics faded.

    After Kubrick's death in 1999 his script and pre-production archive was picked up and with the blessing of his family is now being developed by Stephen Spielberg for a proposed mini-series on life of Napoleon.

    Provenance:
    From The John Mollo Archive
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