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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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But as a portrait of a man who surrendered his career and much of his life to the service of a master, "Filmworker" proves compelling, particularly for those with a passing interest in Kubrick.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

As [Vitali] recalls these experiences, we get behind-the-scenes glimpses of Kubrick at work on his last films, though how substantive these are depends to an extent on who's interviewed (or not).

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watching Filmworker as a cinephile, it's easy to be awed by the Zen-like devotion of Vitali's life's work. But it's also possible to be simultaneously filled with rage at the way people like him are simply left to run endlessly on their hamster wheels.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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Compelling, despite its modest and uneven means.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"Filmworker" amounts to yet another rite of devotion in the ongoing cult of Kubrick-a cult that worked its power not just on Vitali but on all of modern cinema.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The portrait he creates of his former boss reveals a man of great curiosity, generosity and creativity, but also a frequently imperious and unreasonably demanding perfectionist.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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