Stanley Kubrick, the relentless perfectionist who directed some of cinema’s greatest classics, was so sensitive to criticism that, in 1970, he threatened legal action to block publication of a book which dared to discuss flaws in his films.

The director of Spartacus and 2001: A Space Odyssey, warned the book’s author and publisher that he would fight “tooth and nail” and “use every legal means at his disposal” to prevent its publication – and he did.

Now, 25 years after his death, the book Kubrick did not want anyone to read is being published, more than half a century late.

The Magic Eye: The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick by Neil Hornick now has three prefaces reflecting its subject’s ruthlessness in trying to block publication and control his image.

Hornick, now 84, from London, said Kubrick’s legal threats had come as a shock: “I regard it as a painful episode.”

  • @[email protected]
    82 months ago

    I feel the same about aerosmith. When I actually read the lyrics to most of Aerosmiths songs, it became a question of how the fuck is Steven Tyler not in prison. Half their songs are about how much they want to have sex with minors.

    • @AngryCommieKender
      2 months ago

      Blues Traveler answered your question with a whole song back in the 90s:

      It doesn’t matter what I say

      So long as I sing with inflection

      That makes you feel I’ll convey

      Some inner truth or vast reflection

      But I’ve said nothing so far

      And I can keep it up for as long as it takes

      And it don’t matter who you are

      If I’m doing my job, it’s your resolve that breaks

      Because the hook brings you back

      I ain’t tellin’ you no lie

      The hook brings you back

      On that you can rely

      There is something amiss

      I am being insincere

      In fact I don’t mean any of this

      Still my confession draws you near

      To confuse the issue I refer

      To familiar heroes from long ago

      No matter how much Peter loved her

      What made the Pan refuse to grow

      Was that hook brings you back

      I ain’t tellin’ you no lie

      The hook brings you back

      On that you can rely

      Suck it in, suck it in, suck it in, if you’re Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn

      Make a desperate move or else you’ll win and then begin to see

      What you’re doing to me, this MTV is not for free

      It’s so PC it’s killing me, so desperately I sing to thee of love

      Sure, but also of rage and hate and pain and fear of self

      And I can’t keep these feelings on the shelf

      I’ve tried, well, no, in fact I lied

      Could be financial suicide, but I’ve got too much pride inside

      To hide or slide, I’ll do as I’ll decide and let it ride until I’ve died

      And only then shall I abide this tide

      Of catchy little tunes of hip three minute diddys

      I wanna bust all your balloons

      I wanna burn all your cities to the ground

      I’ve found I will not mess around unless I play then hey

      I will go on all day, hear what I say

      I have a prayer to pray that’s really all this was

      And when I’m feeling stuck and need a buck

      I don’t rely on luck because

      The hook brings you back

      I ain’t tellin’ you no lie

      The hook

      On that you can rely

      TL:DR dude went on a 3.5 minute rant about how no one listens to the lyrics, hit the top 10 in the US with said song, and was totally correct that no one would know what the song was even about.

      • @dogslayeggs
        22 months ago

        I contend the only reason that song hit top 10 was because that Rin Tin Tin line. Everyone is a sucker for a good dog story.