Lost Stanley Kubrick screeplay discovered

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on DEC 15, 2018

Discovered by a British film critic who was researching Kubrick's film-Eyes Wide Shut, the screenplay is an adaptation of a 1913 novella.

A script co-written by Stanley Kubrick and screenwriter Calder Willingham has been discovered,Variety reported.

The screenplay is for a film calledBurning Secret, which tells the story of a mother and son on a vacation and a man who befriends the boy in order to get closer to his mother. Discovered by a British film critic who was researching Kubrick's filmEyes Wide Shut, the screenplay is an adaptation of a 1913 novella by Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig.
Film historians knew that Kubrick helped writeBurning Secretbut did not know the extent of his involvement or whether the screenplay had been completed.

A son of one of Kubrick's collaborators, who wishes to remain anonymous, showed the screenplay to film professor Nathan Abrams. According to Abrams, the screenplay is more than 100 pages long and is complete, with enough material to turn the script into a movie.

"As to whether that was the final one, we can't say," Abrams said of the newly-discovered document. "You have to add into the mix that Stanley only ever looked at a screenplay as a blueprint to which he then added his audiovisual expertise."

Burning Secret has seen two feature-film adaptations: once in 1933 as an Austrian-German movie by Robert Siodmak, and a second in English in 1988. The English version was directed and written by Kubrick's assistant Andrew Birkin and starred Faye Dunaway and David Eberts, who won a Young Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for his role

 

 

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