Notes and scripts from filmmaker Stanley Kubrick were recently found, according to an exclusive report by The Guardian. The works were titled “Married Man,” “The Perfect Marriage,” and “Jealousy,” respectively. The time they were written- between 1954 and 19560 align with the period when Kubrick was having marriage issues with his second wife, Ruth Sobotka.
The pieces discovered discuss motifs such as marriage and adultery. Some of the ideas in these unfinished projects, however, can be seen in Kubrick’s well-known films like the thriller Eyes Wide Shut starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Eyes Wide Shut was the last film Kubrik made before his untimely death in 1999.
Nathan Abrams, a professor of film studies at Bangor University, believes that this new material will help elucidate how Kubrick’s career was progressing during the 1950s and possibly offer insight into his marriage with Sobotka.
Although Kubrik only made 13 feature films, all of them were made in distinct ways that made his filmmaking unique and identifiable. He often used extreme angles, protracted scenes, and intense wide-angle perspectives. These techniques can be seen in films like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and A Killer’s Kiss. The works that solidified his reputation as a skilled director include 2001: A Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon.