A unique perspective on the director of such film classics as Dr. Strangelove, 2001, and Full Metal Jacket, from his personal assistant and confidante.
“As good an insider's view of middle- to late-period Kubrick as there is…funny and casual throughout.”—Kirkus Reviews
Stanley Kubrick has been seen mostly as an enigma—the neurotic Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a bizarre hermit and unknowable genius consumed by his work and obsessed with privacy to the point of madness. In this “weird, revealing delight” (The New York Times Book Review), Emilio D'Alessandro gives readers a never-before-seen perspective of the real man behind some of the most iconic works of art in the history of cinema.
Emilio was a minicab driver in London who had no idea who Kubrick was when he took a job as the director’s chauffeur during the filming of A Clockwork Orange. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's oddball heart and confidence. For the next thirty years he became Kubrick’s trusted personal assistant, handyman, cook, sounding board, housekeeper, and pet-sitter—all the while observing firsthand Kubrick’s meticulous working methods. He was even solicited by Kubrick to offer casting suggestions. (Emilio urged his consideration of Charles Bronson for The Shining).
In the collective imagination, Kubrick was an isolated misanthrope. In this fresh and affecting portrait, Emilio reveals an altruistic, effusive, generous, and loyal friend—and an artist devoted to the three things in life that mattered to him most: his family, his animals, and his movies.
"Through detailed anecdotes and tender accounts of life both on location and off, D'Alessandro sheds light behind the scenes…and offers a unique portrait of the man himself."—Vice
About the author
Emilio D'Alessandro left Italy at eighteen to become a racecar driver but turned to driving a minicab after the economic crisis in the late sixties ended his career. He worked closely with Stanley Kubrick for thirty years while raising a family with his wife, Janette. After Kubrick's death, he returned to his native land. He lives in Cassino, Italy.
Filippo Ulivieri was born in 1977. He is a writer and teacher of film theory. The leading expert on Stanley Kubrick in Italy, he has published articles on the director's life and films in several newspapers and magazines, and created the site ArchivioKubrick. He lives in Tuscany and Plymouth, UK.
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