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As the saying goes, writing about music is a lot like dancing about architecture. When you’re dealing with intensely visual directors, writing about movies isn’t much better. Most of the time, you’d do better telling the story in pictures.

Taschen has been doing just that, telling stories through notes, production stills, and frame englargements. Their most recent edition for Stanley Kubrick takes a tour from his early noir trappings—especially the overlooked *Killer’s Kiss*—through the immersive, dreamlike approach that made him famous.

His frames also make better coffee table fodder than any other Hollywood director we could name, which matters a lot more than you’d think.

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—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom