18" by 24"
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While Napoleon (which was highlighted earlier in our series) stands as Kubrick's true unmade masterpiece, The Aryan Papers a project he envisioned for nearly 20 years was unmistakably a deeply personal project for Stanley Kubrick. Kubricks early intention was to hire Isaac Bashevis Singer to write an original screenplay which would try to show the breadth of the horrors of the holocaust from the perspective of an individual. Singer wasn't keen on the idea so Kubrick, after taking a break to make Full Metal Jacket, instead decided to adapt Louis Begley's book Wartime Lies. The story follows Tania and her nephew Maciak as they try their best to hide from the Nazis in the jewish ghettos during the Holocaust. Kubrick wittled down a list of actresses including Uma Thurman and Julia Roberts before deciding on Johanna ter Steege for the lead and Joseph Mazzello for the part of the nephew. As with all of Kubricks projects meticulous care was given to every aspect of the film. Test shots were done with Steege in costume and locations were scouted and vetted for historical accuracy. He compiled a huge archive of historical images as a visual guide and intended to film in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Kubrick's wife Christiane has reported that a big part of the demise of the project was the effect the subject matter was having on Stanley himself. It has been reported that work on the film drove Kubrick into a depression. Additionally Kubrick's friend Steven Spielberg was hard at work on his own holocaust picture Schindler's List. Eventually Kubrick abandoned the project and focused on his other long time fascinations, A.I. another uncompleted project, and his long planned adaptation of Traumnovelle which would eventually become Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final film.