Review: "Filmworker" (2017), Directed By Tony Zierra; Kino Lorber DVD Release

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“Kubrick’S Right-hand Man…And Legs, Shoulders, Other Hand, Etc.”

By Raymond Benson

Tony Zierra’s fascinating documentary that premiered at Cannes in 2017 (and was released theatrically in 2018) is about an unsung hero in the lore of legendary filmmaker Stanley KubrickLeon Vitali, who describes himself not as an “assistant,” but as a “filmworker.”

Vitali, now 70 years old, began his career as an actor in the 1960s, appearing in various British films and television programs. After being impressed with Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, Vitali told a friend, “I want to work for that guy.” He managed to get an audition for Kubrick’s next picture, Barry Lyndon, and landed the key role of Lord Bullingdon, the main antagonist of the film. Vitali received much praise for his performance, but instead of continuing an acting career, he made an extraordinary left turn. He asked Kubrick
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