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Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 11 May 2018 (Canada)
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A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

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Tony Zierra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vitali ... Himself
Ryan O'Neal ... Himself
Brian Capron ... Himself
Mike Alfreds Mike Alfreds ... Himself
Nick Redman ... Himself
Brian Jamieson Brian Jamieson ... Himself
Danny Lloyd ... Himself
Stanley Kubrick ... Himself (archive footage)
Matthew Modine ... Himself
R. Lee Ermey ... Himself
Tim Colceri ... Himself
Julian Senior Julian Senior ... Himself
Colin Mossman Colin Mossman ... Himself
Warren Lieberfarb Warren Lieberfarb ... Himself
Lisa Leone Lisa Leone ... Herself
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It's a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else's creative vision. Yet, that's exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as 'Lord Bullingdon' in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975). The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick's loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. In Filmworker, Leon's candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon's private collection. Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Leon add an important layer of detail and impact to the story. Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a... Written by E. Yoffe

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The remarkable, untold story of Leon Vitali who gave up fame and fortune to serve for decades as Stanley Kubrick's right-hand man.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,984, 13 May 2018

Gross USA:

$102,609

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,828
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1.78 : 1
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Egoless qualities
30 September 2018 | by brunodrSee all my reviews

It's interesting to see in this documentary the egoless human quality of surrender that make greatness possible, through commitment, hope and trust in other people rather then oneself. Kubrick was only Kubrick because he managed to be surrounded by committed and truthful assistants, family members and friends that trusted not only in his talent and vision, but in his condition as a great human being. And not only Leon Vitali, not only his great handy-man Emilio D'alessandro (not featured in this documentary, even in name form), not only his wife Christiane, but everyone in the Kubrick circle became a filmworker because he knew how to make people work for him. Kubrick, I believe, being such an intelligent person, was not motivated to associate perfection to his name for aesthetic and self-centered reasons, but rather and above all, to express the maximum intellectual capacity of the human race though the medium of art. Working for Kubrick, one of the last real artists of our time, was being in service for art itself, not him, exclusively.


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