On Mon, 8 Mar 1999 09:00:09 +1000 Felicity Meakins <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > News has recently come through that Stanley Kubrick died yesterday morning > (English time) aged 70. > > Does anyone know how complete his latest script was? If you mean EYES WIDE SHUT, then, according to today's Daily Telegraph, "It had been completed behind the customary wall of silence surrounding his sets. But is was not clear whether it would be released in the autumn as planned." (p. 1) If by "completed", the reporter means post-production as well, then I cannot see any reason why it should not be released as planned - in fact, if I were the distributor, I would be thinking in terms of the quicker the better, in order to capitalise on the publicity surrounding Kubrick's death. If post-production is not complete, however, I would hate to be the editor called upon to finish it off. During a director's lifetime is one thing - as von Stroheim and Welles unambiguously condemned the individuals who finished off GREED and THE MAGINIFICENT AMBERSONS respectively and by name, the approximate nature of the author's judgement is beyond doubt. But I cannot think of an instance of a film being taken through the crucial post-production stages after a director's death . Doing so, I guess, would be analogous with Sussmayr and Mozart's requiem, or Deryck Cooke and Mahler's 10th symphony, i.e. it would precipitate ongoing debates as to how accurately or otherwise the resulting hybrid communicated the original director's intentions. Another question raised by Kubrick's death is that of the UK embargo on A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. As mentioned in earlier posts, my understanding of the situation is that K owned the UK rights, which was the reason why the film is not distributed in this country. Do these rights die with him? If so, do they revert to Warners and if so what do Warners intend to do with them (if anything)? If not, how has he disposed of them in his will (if at all)? I can't say I'm anxious to see the film re-released, but it will be interesting to see if his reluctance to let the film be seen survives his death. L __________________________________ Leo Enticknap Postgraduate Common Room School of English University of Exeter Queen's Building, The Queen's Drive Exeter Devon EX4 4QH United Kingdom email: [log in to unmask] ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.