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Stanley Kubrick and Me

Thirty Years at His Side
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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This intimate portrait by his former personal assistant and confidante reveals the man behind the legendary filmmaker - for the first time.

Stanley Kubrick, the director of a string of timeless movies from Lolita and Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and others, has always been depicted by the media as the Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a weird artist obsessed with his work and privacy to the point of madness. But who was he really? Emilio D'Alessandro lets us see. A former Formula Ford driver who was a minicab chauffeur in London during the Swinging Sixties, he took a job driving a giant phallus through the city that became his introduction to the director. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's neurotic, obsessive heart. He became his personal assistant, his right-hand man and confidant, working for him from A Clockwork Orange until Kubrick's death in 1999.

Emilio was the silent guy in the room when the script for The Shining was discussed. He still has the coat Jack Nicholson used in the movie. He was an extra on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's last movie. He knew all the actors and producers Kubrick worked with; he observed firsthand Kubrick's working methods, down to the smallest detail. Making no claim of expertise in cinematography, but with plenty of anecdotes, he offers a completely fresh perspective on the artist and a warm, affecting portrait of a generous, kind, caring man who was a perfectionist in work and life.

©2012 il Saggiatore S.p.A.; English-language translation copyright 2016 by il Saggiatore S.p.A. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A wonderful memoir about an incredible filmmaker!

Such a brilliant memoir; recommended for all fans of filmmaking and the cinema of Stanley Kubrick.

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A Great story of friendship and cinema

If you like cinema, you'll love this book. Great to learn about Kubrick's personality and work ethic

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Incredible story!

Simply the best audiobook I’ve listened to. Such a great story. Wish it didn’t end!

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Brilliant Memoir

This was a compelling story, and an incredible insight into this amazing man. It was like being behind the scenes on some great movies, and I really felt emotional at various stages. Highly recommended.

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Kubrick fan ? Must read! Fans of a great story of friendship family dedication must read!

One of the greatest books I’ve ever heard or read, im a Kubrick fan so obviously love this book, but even if your not this is still an incredible story told so incredibly beautifully, I enjoyed every page and will definitely read again at some point, I laughed I smiled I cried my heart was warmed, it taught me an incredible amount about friendship and loyalty. Emilio did an incredible job... listen to this audio ! Or read the book ! Couldn’t rate it higher.Stanley and Emilio forever !

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this is terrific

I only had a vague idea of Stanley Kubrick as a person although I've always loved his films. the insight into his everyday life and the making of some of these films but much more his relationship with Emelio is engaging and informative. it gives you a real sense of Stanley the man as well as film director. I realised that I'd become involved with the characters when two moments of unexpected tragedy affected me too.

the performance of the reader is excellent too and I can't recommend this book too highly for anyone interested in films, Stanley Kubrick or even as simply a life well lived.

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Almost a Hagiography, yet very good

Stanley Kubrick is one of my favourite directors and I love most of his work. This book is unique, it gives a unique lens of his 'man Friday', on who the man was, his love of films, family and his animals. It is easy to see how devoted to Kubrick Emilio was, and gives a great tour of his personal life, but does provide little insight on his craft or how he changed as a director over the 30 years of his career. The audio performance is brilliant.

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The human story of Stanley Kubrick

A very moving tale that shows how important people can be to each other. If you want to learn about who Kubrick was rather than about Kubrick's films (though gives you a good idea what perseverance you'll need to make films like his) then this book revealed a less cynical human side to someone who is considered one of the greatest film directors of all time. Emilio story is beautiful and the prose is very moving. Let them both become a part of your life for a couple of hours.

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  • angiegere
  • 04-04-20

Wonderful bio of Kubrick

Wonderful bio of Stanley Kubrick from an employee who loved him and who was loved by Stanley. Only complaint is performer. Something about the way he puts emotion into his voice is not pleasant to the ear. Maybe it’s just his voice. But don’t let that stop you buying this book. The film S is for STANLEY is essentially this book. But the book has more stories. The film is good I’m glad to have both.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Great book

Loved this book, very interesting if you're a Kubrick fan
this would make a great movie 😊

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  • King Corn
  • 16-02-19

great book

Great book, learned many things I never knew. my only issue is the narrators pronunciation of KOO-brick

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  • Doc Anreb
  • 07-02-19

Small glimpse of the human side of Stanley

Okay account of Stanley's life outside of film and shows more of the human side of him. Would have liked to hear more about Stanley's process.

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  • Zarina J
  • 18-01-19

Thank you Emilio

Thank you for giving us your entire heart. I understand why Stanley needed you in his life. Thank you so very much for this beautiful story.

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  • Sam Egan-Sheardown
  • 28-11-18

sweet narrative and interesting film history

well produced autobiography/film history. great for those interested in the man Stanley Kubrick. D'Alessandro seems sincere and the writing and translation feel open.

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  • Jblay
  • 27-07-17

Revelatory

I really enjoyed this memoir about one of my favorite directors. This book touched me by channeling a range of emotions throughout the story. The most it did was give me tremendous insights on a reclusive genius. If you think you’d be interested in learning more about Stanley Kubrick, you should listen to this book.
This title was well written and well performed so it falls on your ears pleasantly.
R.I.P. Stanley Kubrick

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  • Bill Streett
  • 15-07-17

Kubrick's unfinished masterpiece: Horrible Bosses

Where does Stanley Kubrick and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better audible books I've purchased, as I wasn't anticipating the level of emotional involvement that came from the bond between Emilio and Kubrick. As an overall tale, it's very interesting if only to know the in's and out's of a life of director, but if one is already a Kubrick fan, then I'd say this is a must because it fleshes Kubrick out as a three-dimensional, complex character: An animal lover that treated his employees like slaves at times, a warm and affectionate man that wanted control in nearly every facet of his life, a complete perfectionist that could be completely messy and absent-minded.

What did you like best about this story?

This is one of the best stories of brotherly love I've ever encountered. Even if you are not a fan of Kubrick, the slow and sure unfoldment of the unbreakable bond between Stanley and Emilio is utterly absorbing.

That said, the frustrating part was how Kubrick acted as a boss: manipulative, petulant, absurdly unfair while demanding extreme hours and dedication from his team around him. This no doubt emanated from both Kubrick's complete lack of trust in others as well as his utter absorption in his work, but, by god, if I were an employee of his, I would have quit after one film.

Perhaps the most frustrating anecdote in the book was how much Kubrick cared about not wanting to kill ants coming out of the drain. When this was juxtaposed next to his utter unwillingness to give his employees time off -- and he acted completely oblivious to the fact that he was driving his employees to ill-health from his work demands -- it's as frustrating as it is maddening. This is a running counterpoint throughout the book that balances out the brotherly bond between director and personal assistant.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

Kubrick and Emilio both.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

As the review tagline implies, "Horrible Bosses". To be less tongue and cheek, "Stanley and Me"

Any additional comments?

I found it odd that Leon Vitali wasn't mentioned once in the book (at least, that I could recall). If Emilio was Kubrick's right-hand man in Kubrick's business and personal affairs, that was Leon Vitali's role in Kubrick's film productions. How he doesn't play a bigger role in this book is perplexing, unless Vitali requested not to be included in the book.

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  • William A. Swenson
  • 01-05-17

An enjoyable memoir for the Kubrick fan.

The performance matches
the story. This audio far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it.

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  • James M. Patton
  • 20-11-16

Love Emilio & Feel I Know Kubrick Better But.....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I finished the book and do feel I know a lot more about the daily life of Stanley Kubrick but mostly through a lot of oil changes and servicing of cars, feeding of cats, and other duties that fill a good 60% of the book. Another 30% is driving celebrities and somewhat tied to Hollywood. The best 10% is about being near the director when a movie is being made and out of 11 hours, there is about 1 good hour regarding making "The Shining". You do learn about the set up of the set, how they regulated cast and crew, the numerous takes, etc. The first half of the book is extremely dry and you literally catch yourself asking "Am I really listening to yet another story about servicing a car?" but all in all an enjoyable read as it slowly brings you into the world of Stanley Kubrick and unlike articles culled from newspapers or one or two brief interviews, you truly get decades worth of information from the inside. You have to be a mega-fan to justify this listen!!!!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was hearing about actual film making stories, like "The Shining". The least interesting is the constant servicing of dozens of vehicles and tedious tasks.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Stephen Hoye did a good job and I could see Emilio through his performance. For this material I cannot imagine a better voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If the portions that actually involved Stanley and movies like "The Shining" were a movie, or even a documentary, definitely. As for all those oil changes....

Any additional comments?

Could have been about 4 hours long and while it may not have cemented the decades of Emilio's service into your mind to the point that you feel you yourself changed helped Kubrick's oil, it would have been a better overall read.