The article takes another look at the making of Stanley Kubrick’s unfinished film Napoleon, especially from the standpoint of what this director’s filmography would look like had he finished this film instead of A Clockwork Orange (1971). This sort of consideration is especially interesting if we consider the original concept for Kubrick’s previous film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which, for a long time during the production process, was conceived as a much more conventional film than it turned out to be. The author of the text puts forward his thesis that the finished Napoleon would possibly have led Kubrick into more conservative Hollywood filmmaking and that the cancellation of the project itself encouraged him to compensate the lower budget with a bolder artistic vision in A Clockwork Orange.

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