Napoleon: A Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick

By Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick Napoleon

The maximum motion picture by no means Made here's Kubrick's screenplay for the by no means made film.


"After the luck of 2001, Kubrick deliberate a large-scale biographical movie approximately Napoleon Bonaparte. He carried out learn, learn books in regards to the French Emperor, and wrote a initial screenplay. With assistance from assistants, he meticulously created a card catalog of the locations and deeds of Napoleon's internal circle in the course of its operative years. Kubrick scouted destinations, making plans to movie huge parts of the movie on position in France, and within the united kingdom studios. He used to be additionally going to movie the conflict scenes in Romania, the place he enlisted the aid of the Romanian military, which gave Kubrick 40,000 infantrymen, and 10,000 cavalrymen to movie the conflict scenes with paper costumes. In a talk with the British movie Institute, Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, acknowledged that on the time the movie used to be approximately to enter construction, David Hemmings used to be Kubrick's favourite option to play Napoleon, and Audrey Hepburn used to be his favourite option to play Josephine. In notes to his monetary backers, preserved within the Kubrick documents, Kubrick informed them he was once uncertain how his Napoleon movie might prove, yet that he anticipated to create "the top motion picture ever made."

Ultimately, the venture used to be canceled for the prohibitive expense of place filming, the Western free up of Sergei Bondarchuk's epic movie model of Leo Tolstoy's novel struggle and Peace (1968), and the industrial failure of Bondarchuk's Napoleon-themed movie Waterloo (1970). a lot of Kubrick's ancient study might effect Barry Lyndon (1975), the storyline of which ends up in 1789, approximately 15 years prior to the Napoleonic Wars started. As overdue as 1987, Kubrick acknowledged that he had no longer given up at the venture, declaring that he had learn nearly 500 books at the historic determine and that he was once confident movie important of the topic had no longer but appeared."

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I cannot guarantee the situation for very much longer in Paris. Sieyes, in an absolute panic, leans over and whispers to Roger-Ducos. SIEYES Go and make sure the carriage and driver are ready to leave at a moment's notice. Roger-Ducos exits. Napoleon paces the room. SIEYES Well -- what are you going to do?

JUNOT I couldn't face telling you. NAPOLEON You couldn't face telling me what? JUNOT About Hippolyte Charles. NAPOLEON What was there to tell? JUNOT My God, what do you think? NAPOLEON Do you know what you're saying? JUNOT God help me -- yes. NAPOLEON How do you know? JUNOT I know. NAPOLEON How do you know? Junot pulls himself together and speaks in an unnaturally controlled and somewhat mechanical way. JUNOT I was in her maid's room at an inn we stopped at for the night, outside of Dijon. It was an adjoining room to Madame Bonaparte's.

NAPOLEON Well, he didn't give it to me, and when I ask you to do something for me, return the work to me, not to Berthier. JUNOT I'm sorry, I thought he would give it to you. NAPOLEON I must have the breakdown now. Where is Berthier? JUNOT He's downstairs -- somewhere. NAPOLEON All right, thank you. Please ask him to come here. Junot pauses and then speaks with exaggerated importance and earnestness brought on by too much drink. JUNOT Yes... but, first, can I say something to you, as a friend? NAPOLEON Certainly.

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