Kubrick had the rare knack of making cult films that were popular successes. As a young photographer, he posed Grosz on the sidewalk, while Arbus took him under her wing (and to charades parties in Greenwich Village). Even his close friend Herr said he was a terrible man to do business with. He accused Clark of reneging on an agreement, and fell out with Brando and Southern. He enticed Nabokov to Hollywood, had Burgess to dinner, and would telephone his affectionate friend Spielberg for hours. Sagan advised against depicting aliens, while Fellini sent a telegram expressing his emotions on seeing ‘2001’.