New York: National Publishers, Inc., 1968. 1st Edition. Narrow oblong folio, publisher's stapled self-wraps.
Original souvenir booklet for Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. Inspired by a study Kubrick had read about "the probability of life in outer space," the notoriously obsessive director’s film was widely ambitious in many capacities including his insistence that it receive a special theatrical presentation. Soon before production began, Kubrick viewed sci-fi short "To the Moon and Beyond" in Cinerama at the 1964 World’s Fair, and was so affected by the screening that he subsequently hired its production team to work on the then-nascent project. The complex, widescreen projection process was already falling out of favor by the mid-60s and it was Kubrick who briefly revitalized the format with his magnum opus, reflected in the horizontal format of this program. Vibrantly illustrated with a chronological sequence of stills from the film in color accompanied by descriptive text; with biographical information on Kubrick, screenplay co-author Arthur C. Clarke, and cast members. Additional small bi-fold program laid in. "April 28, 1968" written in red marker to upper wrap and laid in program (the film's US theatrical release date was April 3, 1968. Staple holes to upper wrap and laid in program, vertical crease to center where previously folded. Very good. Item #3296