Filmworker Reviews

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March 5, 2020
There's plenty of production detail for Kubrick nuts, though the two competing narratives (Kubrick the genius, Kubrick the tyrant) won't surprise anyone.
July 17, 2019
Filmworker works best when poking holes in the altar of genius men whose attention to detail is almost always inexplicably tethered to being an outright bastard.
June 18, 2019
Twenty feet from stardom, a million miles from sanity
June 4, 2019
After a while, the anecdotes amount to Kubrick stanning.
March 25, 2019
There is something genuinely touching about Kubrick's blind faith in Vitali.
February 12, 2019
Candid and unsentimental, Filmworker is bound to leave an impression on the minds of any cinephile.
December 20, 2018
Few voices are missing from this incredibly thorough piece of work. Zierra has rounded up dozens of cast and crew members with stories to tell, and though the film is densely packed with information, nothing feels extraneous.
December 12, 2018
Vitali's story, wrapped in fascinating details about what it was like backstage in Kubrick productions, is a must-see for fans of the great director and anyone else enchanted with the inner workings of the film industry.
November 8, 2018
Tony Zierra's documentary is a fascinating insight into the work which goes on behind the scenes.
October 15, 2018
Tony Zierra's Filmworker is a masterwork. The documentary looks at the relationship between Stanley Kubrick and Leon Vitali, the actor who became Kubrick's right-hand man after they met on the set of the 1975 film Barry Lyndon.
August 28, 2018
Filmworker delivers an invaluable look into his process while introducing this new character whose fingerprints can be seen alongside Stanley's on every frame.
August 27, 2018
It's an excellent background to film history, a must-see for anyone interested in filmmaking and a long-overdue tribute to an unsung hero.
August 27, 2018
If there is a cult around Kubrick, Vitali was the first card carrying member.
August 20, 2018
For a doc about Kubrick, one of the most precise film artists ever, it's unforgivable that the narrative would be so messily conceived. Vitali's enduring presence makes Filmworker watchable and sometimes even moving despite these aesthetic shortcomings.
July 31, 2018
Candid, insightful.
July 27, 2018
A fascinating study in movie lore and human psychology.
July 12, 2018
That's where the greatest qualms may come in this stylish and sometimes overly reverential portrait: It's as if Vitali never really existed without the director.
July 11, 2018
Cinephiles seeking insight into Kubrick's personality and process will find plenty of it here, as Vitali spins stories of Stanley's mercurial temperament, technological expertise and devotion to his pets.
July 2, 2018
The demands from Kubrick were "Kafkaesque" recalls Vitali's son, Max, but technically rough as it is, Zierra's film not only captures his subject's calling to serve, it illuminates Kubrick as well.
July 2, 2018
Vitali makes for a sympathetic and intriguing subject.
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