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Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 October 2017 (USA)
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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 '... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vitali ... Himself
Ryan O'Neal ... Himself
Danny Lloyd ... Himself
Matthew Modine ... Himself
R. Lee Ermey ... Himself
Stellan Skarsgård ... Himself
Marie Richardson ... Herself
Tim Colceri ... Himself
Brian Capron ... Himself
Julian Senior Julian Senior ... Himself
Pernilla August ... Herself
Lisa Leone Lisa Leone ... Herself
Brian Jamieson Brian Jamieson ... Himself
Treva Etienne ... Himself
Chris Jenkins ... Himself


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 (1975). 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. In Filmworker, Leon's candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon's private collection. Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Leon add an important layer of detail and impact to the story. Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a... Written by E. Yoffe

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The remarkable, untold story of Leon Vitali who gave up fame and fortune to serve for decades as Stanley Kubrick's right-hand man.




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Release Date:

3 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,984, 13 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,593, 11 October 2018
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True Studio Media See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A Must See For Kubrick Fans
8 December 2018 | by doveedSee all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick is perhaps the most mysterious director in history, and this documentary sheds some light on the mystery. If you're a Kubrick fan and you want to learn more about him, this is a must see. It's certainly better than the documentary Room 237, which tries too hard to read into the mind of Kubrick. Filmworker offers a lot of reliable insight into Kubrick, told by his right hand man Leon Vitali, who is perhaps just as interesting, or at least obsessive, as Kubrick himself. Thus far, I've seen five movies this week and this is my favorite. Check it out!

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