Director Stanley Kubrick Wrote Three Movies That Were Never Released To The Public – SlashFilm


Early in his career, Kubrick was a photographer, and his style was naturalistic, even gritty. Kubrick’s early photographs, though kinetic, wouldn’t lead one to predict his balletic hermetic ascetic aesthetic. His early movies, drawn from his photos, are dusty and shadowy and sweaty. Many have seen his films “Fear and Deasire” (1952), “Killer’s Kiss” (1955), and “The Killing” (1956) and have been struck by their humanity and gruffness; they are a far cry from the sterile world of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” 

It was during this period that Kubrick banged out a screenplay based on a notable 1913 German novella. The director said: 

“One was a screenplay of Stefan Zweig’s story, ‘The Burning Secret,’ which Calder Willingham and I wrote in the middle fifties, for Dore Schary at MGM, after I made ‘The Killing.’ The story is about a mother who goes away on vacation without her husband but accompanied by her young son. At the resort hotel where they are staying, she is seduced by an attractive gentleman she meets there. Her son discovers this but when mother and son eventually return home the boy lies at a crucial moment to prevent his father from discovering the truth.”

He added: “It’s a good story but I don’t know how good the screenplay was.”

Notably, “The Burning Secret” had already been adapted to film in 1923 by director Roche Gliese, and in 1933 by director Robert Siodmak. The 1933 version featured German stars Alfred Abel and Hilde Wagener. Because the story involved uncritical themes of marital infidelity, Siodmak’s film was attacked by Joseph Goebbels. Kubrick’s film would have been an English-language remake. Incidentally, “The Burning Secret” was remade in English in 1988 with Faye Dunaway.

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