Review: FILMWORKER Is A Powerful & Unique Look At Stanley Kubrick - Movies In Focus
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. It’s a fascinating insight into Kubrick’s filmmaking process as well as a powerful character study of the charismatic Vitali. Vitali had a promising career as an actor on British television when he was cast in Barry Lyndon opposite Ryan O’Neal (Kubrick was so impressed by him that his role kept getting bigger). Vitali was mesmerised by Kubrick’s on-set methods and he ditched acting to work behind the camera. In the end, he would do everything and anything for the iconic auteur, from checking the prints of re-releases and video transfers to helping cast his features. The film’s title comes from what Vitali would fill-out for the occupation section on his visa applications when travelling – the reason being that he did so many jobs on and off set that he was much more than just ‘assistant to director’. A love story sits at the centre of Filmworker – a strong platonic bond between Kubrick and Vitali. Vitali talks about his first meeting with Kubrick [...]