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Kubrick later denounced this film as amateurish, saying he considered it like a child's drawing on a fridge.
This was thought to be a lost film, and one researcher, Mark Carducci, had suggested that Kubrick destroyed the negative following the death of Joseph Burstyn, the film's distributor. Bootleg copies abound, however, and there is one (legal) print in all of the Americas. It is located in the Kodak archives in Rochester, New York; the Kubrick estate allows viewing of the film with the provisos that it is screened by individuals (not groups), that the print never leaves the building in which it is housed, and that it cannot be duplicated in whole or in part.
Stanley Kubrick disowned the film soon after it's release and wanted to make sure it was never seen again by not re-releasing the print. What he didn't know was that Kodak when making the print had a policy of making an extra print for their archives. It is this one that survives and where the DVD-R and VHS bootleg prints come from.
The original camera negative was discovered in the late 1980s in the holdings of a now-defunct film storage facility in Puerto Rico, and was acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in 1993. (How the negative got to Puerto Rico in the first place remains a mystery.) The OCN is being kept at the Library's National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia.
Originally shot silent with a budget of US$13,000. The budget went up an additional US$20,000 when the actors dubbed their lines in a studio. A March 1994 retrospective on the film in "Film Comment" fixes the total budget at $40,000.
Stanley Kubrick 's father borrowed from his cash accumulation insurance policy (whole life contract) to fund the film. His uncle, a pharmacist, also put up money to finance the film.
Stanley Kubrick's first wife, Toba Metz, worked as a Dialogue Director in the movie.
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Acting debut of future director Paul Mazursky.
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Reportedly the budget was so tight that Kubrick did not have enough actors to fill all the roles and so had some playing double-roles.
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Kubrick reportedly tried several times to destroy the negative but failed because he had lost he rights to the film.
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Stanley Kubrick's first feature length film.
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