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Cinema Village


Kino Lorber - 93 min
  • DIRECTOR: Tony Zierra
  • STARRING: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Danny Lloyd

SHOWTIMES 08/25/2019 (change date):

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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 unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process. By experiencing Leon's journey we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless filmmaking is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.



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Jakob Wasi
5 out of 5 stars

Born to serve

May 27, 2018
Talented actor Leon Vitali feel under the spell of Stanley Kubrick and his art of cinematography. As such, he became the sourcer's apprentice for 30 years until Kubrick died. Vitali willingly and instinctively embraced his role as 'homme a tout faire', a jack of all trades. Ultimately becoming a master film maker. Modestly, he calls himself, however, a simple 'filmworker'. At 70, he remains dedicated to Kubrick's legacy, even though he was sidelined by the bloated, self-important Hollywood elite. Psychologically, Vitali could be a case study for Freud. And yet, 'Filmworker' is a paean to the creative process that brought out the talent Kubrick saw in his right-hand man.