Recently, I read Simon Braund’s The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See, which details some legendary film projects that never hit the big screen, from the likes of Francis Ford Coppola’s Metropolis to Jerry Lewis’ notorious Holocaust comedy The Day the Clown Cried (a cut does exist for the latter, but Lewis refuses to release it, perhaps realizing how poor taste the picture is in). It’s a well-researched book essential for any filmgoer’s library, but it made me depressed to realize how many amazing movies could have been made. So for today, I thought I’d ask what movie would you have liked to have seen receive the light of day?
My answer would be Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon. After doing 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick attentively researched Napoleon and hoped to do an epic on the French emperor, culminating at his defeat at Waterloo. Unfortunately, Kubrick’s vision was too large and hefty for financial backers to invest in and the project never came through, though Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut have similarities to the script. Recently, Steven Spielberg announced he was hoping to make a miniseries off of Kubrick’s screenplay but sadly we will never see the full force of Kubrick’s original vision.