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I heard a rumor a while back that Kubrick first decided to use Strauss's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" as the main theme for 2001 after hearing it used in a TV documentary about WW1; can anyone confirm (preferably with reference)?

Dr Strangelove, novelization of same

I never knew this, but Peter George, in addition to writing Red Alert, the book upon which Stanley Kubrick based Dr. Strangelove, also wrote a novelization of the movie itself; I happened to stumble across said novelization in the used bookstore in my neighborhood this afternoon. This delights me; it'll make a nice addendum to my collection of books upon which Kubrick based his movies. (Although Wikipedia states that George dedicated the novelization to Kubrick- who also had Anthony Burgess' Napoleon Symphony and Terry Southern's Blue Movie, among other books, dedicated to him- my copy bears no such dedication. So there, Wikipedia!)

(Amusing datum- in the novelization, the H-bomb major Kong rides is called Lolita; presumably, this was changed for being too self-referential- in the movie, it's called Hi There!).)

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I started in Weston's Book Store, in Potsdam, back around 1983; I bought the first one I'd made with money from my paper route: 2001. Fitting enough, as that was the movie that started me on this journey- that codified my serious interest in film in the first place. From there, whenever I saw one, I'd buy it; some- The Shining; Lolita- were available everywhere; I've probably had half a dozen copies of each over the years. Some- Clean Break; Spartacus- were harder, and required a diligent search. Some last few stragglers- Paths of Glory; The Short-Timers; Red Alert- never crossed my path, in over twenty years of combing bookstores; it wasn't until a few weeks enough that I decided that enough was enough, and that I was not going to turn 40 with this unfinished. Now, they sit on a shelf at work, eleven novels: Clean Break. Paths of Glory. Spartacus. Lolita. Red Alert. 2001: A Space Odyssey. A Clockwork Orange. Barry Lyndon. The Shining (although my copy has that hideous new yellow cover; must find a copy of the old gray edition, with the logo of the faceless man). The Short-Timers. Eyes Wide Shut, which includes the original Dream Novel.

It's hard to think of another filmmaker for whom I would put forth this sort of effort; while many of Welles' movies were based on novels, Citizen Kane was an original, based on the life of Hearst. Kurosawa? I certainly have the Shakespeare plays, and The Lower Depths; more than half of his films were originals, though. Gilliam? I have Fear and Loathing, and an edition of the Munchausen stories, whereas Tideland... no. Best it ends here, even with a slightly anticlimactic feeling: after twenty-odd years of searching, a new clicks of the mouse on the Amazon site were all that was required. I suppose that as with any quest, the journey itself- and the discipline of setting upon it- were the real point, after all.