European filmmakers, including George Sluizer (director of Spoorloos, aka The Vanishing. and Utz), Peter Delpeut (Felice..Felice..) and Harry Kümel (Daughters of Darkness, Malpertuis) discuss the films and famously obsessive work practices of Stanley Kubrick.
Kubrick thought Sluizer’s The Vanishing the most terrifying film he had seen—even more frightening than The Shining, and it led to Kubrick ‘phoning the Dutch filmmaker to discuss editing.
There is also an interview with Johanna ter Steege, who was set to star in Kubrick’s so-called “lost Holocaust” movie The Aryan Papers, which was dropped after Steven Spielberg made Schindler’s List.
The Aryan Papers was adapted from Louise Begley’s semi-autobiographical novel Wartime Lies, and it has been said that had Kubrick made this movie, then ter Steege “would have become a huge international star.”
“He [Kubrick] was convinced that he had found an actress whose performance would catapult a new star to the forefront of international stardom and give this dark and serious film the needed ‘gloss’,” Kubrick’s brother-in-law and producer Jan Harlan has said of Ter Steege. He believes that it was “devastating” for her that the film wasn’t made. “It’s like a young musician getting his first Carnegie Hall [concert] and then being told you can’t do it. It must be terrible, after you’ve prepared yourself for months and months.”
It ends with (who else?) Malcolm McDowell in performance, recounting a tale of working with Kubrick.