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PATHS OF GLORY - NOVEL & FILM

PATHS OF GLORY - NOVEL & FILM

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1 [KUBRICK, STANLEY]. COBB, HUMPHREY Paths of Glory
New York Viking Press 1935 
First Edition. The basis of the acclaimed 1957 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, Adolph Menjou, George Macready, and Ralph Meeker set in France during World War I. Near fine copy with just a hint of use in a very lightly dust soiled good dust jacket with some small chips and tears. 
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2 [KUBRICK, STANLEY]. COBB, HUMPHREY Paths of Glory
New York Viking Press 1935 
First Edition. The basis of the acclaimed 1957 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, Adolph Menjou, George Macready, and Ralph Meeker set in France during World War I. Signed and inscribed by actor Joseph Turkel who played the character Pvt. Arnaud in the film. Turkel has written a very long inscription filling four pages: “What the fuck do you want from us Mr. Kubrick? This is the 19th take on this fucking scene. Is Mr. McReady not on his spot? Am I? How many more fucking takes do you need? AM I blowing my lines? Is Mr. McReady blowing his? Just what is it that you fucking want? The only thing that you're saying is - cut - print - O.K. - let's take it again. In all my fifty years in this business, I've never come across anything that's even close to this.' All of the above was in a shout. This tirade was launched by Adolph Menjou to Stanley Kubrick on the set of ‘Paths of Glory.' George McReady was standing next to Stanley not saying a word with a suffering patrician air. I was standing, unnoticed, at the rear of the set which had become quiet as death. We were shooting ‘Paths of Glory' in 1957 in Munich. ‘You are doing fine Mr. Menjou & so is Mr. McReady it's just -' ‘Is it the fucking cameraman? Is it the lighting? Fire the cocksuckers & let's get on with business. How many more takes are you expecting from us?' ‘Mr. Menjou it's just a difficult scene & I know it. I always try to do something a little better. I know the both of you are giving me the best that you have & I appreciate it. I always work this way & I would really appreciate it if we could do just one more.' ‘Alright let's shoot the fucking thing again.' Menjou was disgusted. Menjou & McReady took their spots & on action did the whole scene again & as far as I could see they did it flawlessly. It was the opening scene in the movie & about 10 pages of movement & dialogue where they were discussing the taking of the ‘Ant Hill.' Truth to tell Menjou made a good point. ‘Very good - cut - print - let's go to lunch.' TIME LAPSE OF TWENTY YEARS. Stanley & I were on the set of The Shining and during a lull we were chatting about this & that when I recalled the incident with Menjou. I brought it up. ‘You were on the set Joe?' ‘Yeah I wasn't doing anything that day and I wanted to see Menjou & McReady work.' ‘I didn't see you.' I was standing in the back and after the fireworks were over I got out fast. After all those takes Stanley, which one did you use?' Stanley stiffened & didn't say a word for 20 seconds. ‘Turk, we know each other pretty damn well. Never ask a director what his method is. Never about what he does and why he does it. I'm going to tell you this once but never ask a director what his modus operandi is. I used the very last take because after screaming at me for five minutes his voice had changed slightly. The tension from his screaming carried over into the next take. It fit the tension in the scene.' There you have a bit of Stanley Kubrick. Joseph Turkel, Pvt. Arnaud.” Near fine copy with just a hint of use in a very good plus bright dust jacket with a some very minor edge wear and two small rubbed spots at the spine. Joseph Turkel has had a long distinguished career in film most notably working with film director Stanley Kubrick in The Killing and The Shining, as well as playing Dr. Tyrell the creator of the androids in Bladerunner, the classic science fiction film. 
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