Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay found after 60 years

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Stanley Kubrick's long-lost screenplay for Burning Secret has been found after 60 years.

Adapted from the the 1912 novella by Viennese writer Stefan Zweig, Burning Secret is a story of adultery and passion set in a spa resort, in which a suave and lustful man befriends a 10-year-old in order to get closer to his married mother.

Kubrick wrote the screen play in 1956 with novelist Calder Willingham, but it has been lost until now.

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It was found by Nathan Abrams, a professor in film at Bangor University and Kubrick expert, who said: "I couldn't believe it. It's so exciting. It was believed to have been lost."

The screenplay is said to be so near to completion that it could easily be developed into a new film.

"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," added Abrams.

Recently, an interview (supposedly with Kubrick himself) was unearthed in which the director (if it was actually him) explained the ending of one of his most revered films 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The groundbreaking 1968 sci-fi classic famously ended with the character of David Bowman lying in a bed as an old man close to death.

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Kubrick can be heard saying that it was meant to be read as the character of David being taken in by god-like entities, who examine and enlighten him. During this time, his whole life flashes by him before he's reborn into a sort of super-human and sent back to Earth.

Adultery in a spa seems relatively simple in comparison.


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