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Filmworker (2018)



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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. 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. The complex, interdependent relationship between Leon and Kubrick was founded on devotion, sacrifice and the grueling, joyful reality of the creative process. By entering their unique world we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless cinema is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.


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Filmworker isn't simply about Kubrick, or Vitali. In a sense, it's the ultimate fan story: a tale of what it means to live vicariously through a genius.

June 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The film honors the hard-working, often unacknowledged craftsmen in the film industry and stirs provocative questions about the fine line between legitimate devotion to an artist and dangerous hero worship.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Zierra has found a truly unsung hero here.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's a portrait of Kubrick's right-hand man, who devoted himself to the religion of all things Kubrick, but beyond that the film has a special value: It ushers you into the world of how Kubrick put his movies together.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Cinema would be much the poorer without Stanley Kubrick's legacy, but "Filmworker" emphatically proves that Stanley Kubrick's legacy would be much the poorer without Leon Vitali.

November 26, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An inability to crack the movie's central mystery -- why abandon your dreams to help facilitate someone else's? -- leaves the project feeling a bit like a missed opportunity.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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