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“I couldn’t believe it”: a long-lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay penned in 1956 has been found

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As reported by The Guardian over the weekend, a long-lost screenplay by iconic auteur Stanley Kubrick has been unearthed.

The screenplay was found by Nathan Abrams, a professor of film at Bangor University and one of the world’s leading experts on all things Kubrick. After reading the screenplay he remarked it “could be completed by film-makers today.”

Burning Secret, a once-lost screenplay penned by Stanley Kubrick in 1956, has finally be unearthed. And it’s more complete than anybody thought.

The screenplay is Burning Secret, an adaptation of a novella written in 1913 by Stefan Zweig. It tells the tale of a suave but predatory businessman befriending a married woman’s 10-year-old son as means to seduce her – unsurprisingly a story that may not have flown well in the ’50s.

Zweig’s novel had already been adapted to film by Austrian director Robert Siodmak in 1933 prior to Kubrick taking on the tale, and additionally Burning Secret was adapted into a second 1988 film by Andrew Birkin.

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s so exciting. It was believed to have been lost”, Abrams remarked after he dropped news of the find to media.

Kubrick aficionados know he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed. We now have a copy and this proves that he had done a full screenplay.”

Via The Guardian.

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July 16, 2018

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