FILMWORKER is a new documentary that tells the story of Leon Vitali and his role as Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man during all of Kubrick’s productions in the final part of his career and leading up to his death in 1999.
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.
To watch the trailer, please visit: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/3080
“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.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“The portrait [Vitali] creates of his former boss reveals a man of great curiosity, generosity and creativity, but also a frequently imperious and unreasonably demanding perfectionist.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“Stanley Kubrick may have been a cinematic genius, but he was only able to accomplish his later masterworks thanks to the devoted assistance of his right-hand man Leon Vitali, who receives his due in this sterling documentary—one of the year’s best.”
“But “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.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, RogerEbert.com
The film plays at the Landmark Chez Artiste in Denver, CO from June 8th through the 14th, 2018.
To purchase tickets, visit the Landmark Chez Artiste’s showtime calendar at: https://www.landmarktheatres.com/denver/chez-artiste-theatre