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After-dinner games with Stanley Kubrick


The films of Stanley Kubrick
Frederic Raphael Writer
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Well, I mean, Stanley Kubrick was always a, sort of, mysterious figure. And I... it never occurred to me at all that I would work with him. I very much admired The Killing, I very much admired Paths of Glory, I very much admired Strangelove, etc. I didn't all that much admire Full Metal Jacket though it's very memorable, the first half. I didn't like Lolita. I loved Barry Lyndon. Which he was very, very much abused for in America because they said that he's made a European film and, you know, he's supposed to be an American director. He was quite vilified over Barry Lyndon. He chose wonderful music. Because like many people in the movies, they are actually... well, they're pretty good at picking up here and there little bits of stuff which will dress their salad and it all gets tossed together and it ends up by being their salad. But it wasn't their vinegar and actually it was somebody else's oil and so on.

Born in America in 1931, Frederic Raphael is a writer who moved to England as a boy. He was educated at Charterhouse School and was a Major Scholar in Classics at St John's College, Cambridge. His articles and book reviews appear in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times and The Sunday Times. He has published more than twenty novels, the best-known being the semi-autobiographical The Glittering Prizes (1976). In 1965 Raphael won an Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Darling, and two years later received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Two for the Road. In 1999, he published Eyes Wide Open, a memoir of his collaboration with the director Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final movie. Raphael lives in France and England and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1964.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Stanley Kubrick

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: March 2014

Date story went live: 10 September 2014