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      Filmworker

      Released May 11, 2018 1 hr. 34 min. Documentary TRAILER for Filmworker: Trailer 1 List
      95% 87 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 100+ Ratings Audience Score The story of Leon Vitali, who surrendered his promising acting career to become Stanley Kubrick's devoted right-hand man. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 22 Buy Now

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      Filmworker offers long-overdue recognition to one of Stanley Kubrick's key collaborators while opening an often troubling window into the director's demanding work.

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      isla s I found this a very insightful watch - I certainly respect the man, now im aware of all the work he's done for Kubrick and it seems a real shame he wasn't better known. It made me see Kubrick's films from a different angle - seeing things how Leon saw them. I find it interesting from the technical side of film making to the personal history side of things between Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick. It certainly makes it clear how much Vitali respected Kurbrick and his work before he had an opportunity to be noticed by him. However, I felt there was a slightly unnecessary cheesiness present towards the end, which was a shame. Still, I would happily recommend this documentary overall. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Filmworker is a wonderful documentary about one man's dedication to a man and to art. Few have done nor would ever do what Leon Vitali has and all with a sad devotion while remaining ever so humble. One day I hope Leon is universally recognized not only for being an essential part in all of Kubrick's films since Barry Lyndon, but also as someone who none of those films would have ever been completed without. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/21 Full Review phillip w Leon Vitale comes across as such a humble person. A brilliant actor who became something else. His is an interesting story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A deeply touching monument of an obsessively dedicated man who became the victim of his own unresolved past. I wept like a little child. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review david f A very interesting documentary about an assistant who spent his career working for Stanley Kubrick. There are some interesting behind-the-scenes observations but it does seem like a lot of the work he did was drudgery which, while it aided in the production of cinematic masterpieces, isn't that interesting to hear re-told. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Any Kubrick fan will already know Leon Vitali's name. He started his association as a good-looking young actor playing Ryan O'Neal's stepson in Barry Lyndon, but then became Kubrick's gofer and factotum up to and after Kubrick's death. This fascinating documentary, stuffed with clips and interviews, shows the very real cost of subsuming oneself on the altar of art or the service of 'genius'. Vitali is a shell of who he was, and the psychology of his sacrifice is what this excellent documentary is ultimately about. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader There's plenty of production detail for Kubrick nuts, though the two competing narratives (Kubrick the genius, Kubrick the tyrant) won't surprise anyone. Mar 5, 2020 Full Review Robert Daniels 812filmreviews If there is a cult around Kubrick, Vitali was the first card carrying member. Rated: 3/4 Aug 27, 2018 Full Review Richard Whittaker Austin Chronicle 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. Rated: 3/5 Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Perhaps best of all, the documentary, while probing its subject and offering a unique glimpse into a behind-the-scenes figure, celebrates such "below the line" crewmembers. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 11, 2022 Full Review Kathy Fennessy Video Librarian Magazine Though some reviews have described Filmworker as a tragedy, it's clear that the 72-year-old Vitali has few regrets, and there's no doubt that Kubrick's indelible work wouldn't have been quite the same without his dedicated assistance. Rated: 3/4 Jun 25, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Filmworker serves as a reminder that it's imperative to thank - or at least remember - all the little people. Rated: 3/4 Feb 19, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The story of Leon Vitali, who surrendered his promising acting career to become Stanley Kubrick's devoted right-hand man.
      Director
      Tony Zierra
      Distributor
      Kino Lorber
      Production Co
      True Studio Media
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 11, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 14, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $102.6K
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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