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Filmworker

Filmworker is a movie starring Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, and Brian Capron. A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Other Titles
Elämäni Kubrickin palveluksessa, キューブリックに魅せられた男, Stanley Kubricks högra hand, Filmworker. A la sombra de Kubrick
Running Time
1 hours 34 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Biography
Director
Tony Zierra
Actors
Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Leon Vitali, Mike Alfreds
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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 unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process. By experiencing Leon's journey we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless filmmaking is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.

Comments about documentary «Filmworker» (21)

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Terry Carlson

This documentary is very well made and does a great job of documenting a very interesting and unique situation, which is the way the family of the deceased man and his wife both came to terms with the fact that they had no idea of the man's history and that they had not even known the man was a legendary wrestler. I thought it was very informative and touching. One of the best documentaries I've seen this year.

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Arthur Mason

Director Peter Benchley has a thing about documentaries about his films, including this one. He brings together a group of film buffs and former employees, most of whom are known in their respective fields, and attempts to explore the films' production, finances, and impact on their lives. We see the struggles, the triumphs, and the triumphs of a bunch of filmmakers, some of whom are trying to salvage their careers while others are looking to get their careers back on track. I like this film, but as the tag line says, "There's no real magic here". Maybe it's because I have some friends involved in filmmaking and know some of them well, but they do not come off well. The filmmakers aren't very likable, and the people who work for them aren't very nice either. The doc shows us how they got their start, how they went from novice to established filmmakers, and how they try to make it through their own personal struggles. There are some gems here, but overall the doc is not very interesting. I do like how they show the misadventures of the first film crews. Most of the people interviewed in the doc are not well-known filmmakers. Some of the most famous are Hollywood royalty, such as "Billy Wilder", but the most famous is the late Michael Moore, who they show as a self-aggrandizing man-child. Even when they bring the films themselves, which is nice, it's mostly when someone doesn't like the film. When they interview their film critics, most of them hate the films. There are also several comments that don't make a lot of sense, like "Flawless," when in fact the movie is great. The only really good thing about this doc is that the film is almost all interview footage. There are no interviews of the filmmakers themselves, so it's interesting to see how they handle the interviews. It's a little hard to follow because they don't say much about their personal life, but that's kind of what makes the film interesting. I think the documentary would have been better if they would have interviewed some of the directors, such as "Stanley Kubrick." They would have shown us how their style changed over time, how they became famous and how their films came to be. Instead we get a bunch of people who don't like the film, and that kind of makes the film seem a bit biased. I think the film is still worthwhile, but not as much as it used to be. This is the kind of documentary that is fun to watch and makes you think, but not as much as it used to be. It's not really an interesting documentary, but it's still a good documentary.

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Shirley Soto

This documentary is about an iconic figure in the punk rock movement who, despite being in a band, still has the moral and intellectual balance of a traditional musician. For the most part, the film focuses on the artist, Dave Grohl, and his band, Foo Fighters. However, we also get interviews with bands that he has toured with and worked with and are familiar with. With all this information in one place, it's easy to see why his band is now one of the biggest bands on the planet. It's also easy to see why he has been in the headlines, especially as a result of this documentary. With everything out there, there is still so much to know about the guy. For example, I think the story he tells in this documentary is very unique. There is not a lot of music to go off of here, and most of what he says is about his background in music. There is also some interesting things about his personal life, but I don't want to go into it. The music he listens to is the only thing that is interesting to me. The way he talks about it is different than most artists. In a way, it is hard to tell what his real music is, but I think he talks about what he likes, how he likes it and what it is he wants to say. The best part of the film is when we see the Foo Fighters play. They are a band that has been around for many years and they do a fantastic job at making an audience feel like they are there with them. I think this is a great way to go into the band. I do think the music he listens to is a little hard to get a grasp of, but he does a great job of telling it. He is a very personal story and he talks about his experiences in the band, but he also talks about his relationships with other people in the band and how he sees them. He talks about his struggles with his parents, his love for the band and his relationships with his family. As well, he talks about his relationship with his wife and how he sees his life. I think it's important to look at the film as a whole. It shows him, the band and his life from a very unique perspective and it is a very interesting story. It is a little hard to follow, but the interviews are well-done and you really get a feel for what he is going through and his thoughts. The only part I think could have been a little better would have been when we see him in the hospital and seeing the guy that he lost his father. The idea that this is the father he never had is really interesting. It is hard to take it all in, but the music is there to guide you through this experience. It is a great documentary that is well worth seeing.

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Marilyn Edwards

This movie is not really about the causes of the AIDS crisis but more about the actual events. The entire story is told through the interviews of a group of journalists, all of whom worked for different outlets at different times. Each member of the group has a different perspective on the AIDS crisis and how it affected them personally. This was certainly a good movie, it was interesting, but not very comprehensive. It was too long and the pacing was off a bit, in some parts of the movie. I enjoyed the music used in the movie, it was beautiful. The movie is very well done and had me interested, but it is not an important documentary. There were some important messages and quotes in this movie that I definitely did not get from other movies. I think this is a movie worth seeing and I am glad that I did. It was great to see a documentary that doesn't focus on the people that caused the crisis, but more on the real people that were affected. I think it was a good movie, but definitely not one to watch if you want a complete story on the AIDS crisis. I think it is more about the actual events than the people that caused the crisis.

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Kathleen

This is an excellent documentary film about an artist, who was in the forefront of a movement of protest, where he was trying to change the world. This film is a very thought provoking, that highlights the things that he was protesting about and about what was happening in the world at that time. The documentary was edited in a way that was very good, that made it easy to follow, and the film was a very interesting look into what was happening at that time. I think that a lot of people would benefit from watching this film, and the acting in it, was excellent. This is a great film, that I think you will enjoy.

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Jennifer F.

Kevin Costner doesn't just act, he literally acts! The documentary reveals the true life of the man who has put his life on the line for a better future for his family. What a tremendous show! He has the charisma to make this story the best ever. The documentary opens with the death of his wife, and proceeds to tell the life of this man who lives by his own set of rules. The power of his words is the most amazing thing about this documentary. Kevin Costner has an ability to make this story even more memorable than it already is. He also does an amazing job at making this documentary even more inspirational. I couldn't wait to see the interview with the real Kevin Costner. You won't be disappointed with this documentary. The best part about this documentary is the ability to get the inside story from Kevin Costner himself. This documentary is a must see for everyone. I highly recommend it. It's not only great for Kevin Costner fans.

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Christine

In the spring of 1988, film student Stephen Schwartzman (John Travolta) and his friend Dan (Joe Pantoliano) got stuck in the middle of an intense flood in New Orleans, and upon the survivors' desperate attempts to get to their boat and leave, they left behind everything they owned and died. However, a year later, Dan's friend and film student Jesse Clements (Travolta) was left to survive in a deserted building, and Dan is now left with his dead wife and son. Together with his girlfriend Vanessa (Kathleen Wilhoite), Dan reluctantly goes to find his friends. "The Green Mile" is a fascinating documentary that deals with the aftermath of the tragic event of Katrina, and the aftermath of those who survived. While I felt that Travolta's performance was much better in the 2004 film "Magnolia", it was still a fantastic performance and the film was well made. Although it did get a little slow at times, the film was fascinating, and the documentary was well done. It does show the aftermath of the disaster, but also the tragedies of the survivors. The documentary does not just focus on the survivors, but also on the firefighters and police officers who had to deal with the survivors' condition and get the survivors out of the city. The documentary was well made, and the film was very good, but I felt like the film could have been better. The film was an excellent documentary, but the documentary could have been better. I also felt like it was kind of slow, especially during the last act of the film. "The Green Mile" is a wonderful film that will make you think, and also bring tears to your eyes. It is a very good film, and I would recommend it to everyone.

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Sharon Edwards

I'm glad to see a documentary about the recent changes in mental health in the UK and how that has affected the mental health of many individuals. It's a must see for anyone wanting to understand the mental health of individuals or the emotional distress caused by them. There were some amazing insights and information to be had here and I would have been satisfied with some more discussion of the recent changes in mental health but overall the information was excellent. I was impressed with the lack of focus on a few issues like the character and personal health of the person being interviewed and what she did when she was not talking to people. But other than that the film was a great view into the health of individuals with mental illness and how they can get better when they are healthy.

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Lori

This documentary is a fascinating look at the world of the alternative music world. It's about as long as a piece of pop music, but it's way more detailed than that, with interviews with the people involved and also with other fans, record labels and music creators. It's not very human, it's about as boring as watching a video of drag queens doing the one and only thing they are good at. However, it's the way it's filmed that's brilliant. For the first time in a documentary I've ever seen, the cameras aren't there to make a documentary, but to capture a moment of great emotional impact. The music is important, and it is in the interviews that the art is best showcased. The film is not particularly concerned with selling tickets, but rather the effect it has on people. I really liked the idea that the films were made by people who had no money, so they weren't worrying about a documentary, but simply about making a film that has an impact. I also liked the fact that the interviews were from a variety of places, not just music producers, because this way you get to understand what it was like to be in this world. It's great to see that this art isn't just confined to a few isolated people, but that there is a wider world out there. A lot of people in the film are musicians, producers, record labels, singers, dancers and basically anyone involved in the music industry. I really liked the idea that this documentary was made in Australia, because it really showed that alternative music is not just a band of the hardcore punk crowd, it's much more diverse and we've got people from all walks of life in here, all the way from the London student who has an obsession with The Doors to a couple of hip hop heads in the US. I would recommend it to anyone who likes music and wants to know more about it. It's not as polished as a documentary, but the way it's shot is amazing. If you have time and a good set of eyes, this is a good film.

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Sandra Rogers

A documentary about the life of the director of two independent films, "The Alamo" and "The Last Picture Show", John Alonzo, and his background in filmmaking. The documentary contains interviews with Alonzo, many of his film crew and friends, and many film critics and film festival directors who were interviewed. It's an interesting documentary and I found it quite interesting and entertaining.

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Harold Day

James Franco plays an amazing director who will let you see what is really going on behind the scenes. This movie is based on a book that I have read and was amazing. It was made by James Franco and I loved it. This movie is not about his movie or about his movie making. It is about the making of movies. It is about directors and the people who are in the middle of the filmmaking. This movie is about the process. This movie is about the love of the craft and the love of a craft. James Franco is the best. He has the best eyes and makes the most amazing movies. His style and his heart are the best. He takes the time to tell the story of the directors that he works with. If you love movies you will love this movie.

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Tiffany Knight

I really liked this movie. For the most part, it was a documentary that, while it did show the hard work that goes into making a movie, it was still very entertaining. In the beginning, it didn't give a whole lot of information about the making of the movie and it did show the actors (and I do believe that many of them had made some of their own films), but after about an hour, it did give more information about what it takes to make a movie and how much it costs. This helped me understand the movie a lot better. It also did give some information about the movies that Hollywood uses in order to sell the movie (like "The Making of 'Last Seduction'). Overall, I really liked the movie and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to know about how the making of a movie goes.

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Lawrence

I saw this movie at an educational theater. I was very happy with this film. It was interesting and also very inspirational. The movie shows how a woman, especially one who is struggling with an addiction, may keep her mind focused on her job. The movie was a little bit different than what I expected but I was pleased with it. I think that this film is going to be a great resource for students and teachers in the future. I also thought that the message of the movie was quite inspirational. I also recommend this movie to everyone because it really does make a change for some people. 7/10

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Jacqueline Gray

Well, this documentary is a must see for anybody who has ever been in a steel mill, or knows someone who has. I've met and been friends with a lot of people who work in a steel mill, and even been on the job myself, and there is no question that this documentary is valuable in being able to understand some of the common culture and mentality that exists at the steel mill. The thing that really stands out in this documentary is the town's surrounding roads, the town's history, and how they have been used for milling, welding, and other jobs. It's pretty amazing to see what the town and surrounding areas are like, the lack of modern roads, the massive amount of old and used roads, and the ever changing and unique towns that make up the steel mill. It's hard to believe that it took the steel mill more than fifty years to create a road that will be in use for a thousand years, and to see how the towns surrounding the steel mill are able to keep their roadways in good condition, even through the years. There are some other neat things about this documentary that makes it worthwhile. It's very interesting to see the town's history and to see how this town has changed over time. It's also interesting to see how the steel mill has changed over time. For example, it was once the largest iron works in the world, but it now is considered a low-quality steel mill. It has also been going through a few changes in the past few decades, and the workers and mill is basically one big steel mill. It's very interesting to see how this mill has been completely changed over time, and it's always great to see how a place like this has changed over the years. The town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has a population of 5,000, and they are located in the northern region of Pennsylvania. It's amazing to see how the town has changed over the years, and the changes that have taken place. It's also amazing to see how they have changed over the years as well, how the town's water supply has been changed over the years. It's amazing how a town can be completely changed over the years and the same town's water supply is the same, yet they have a completely different look. Overall, it's a must see for anybody who has ever worked at a steel mill, or any place that works on steel, or even knows someone who works at a steel mill. It's not just a documentary that shows a lot of facts, but it's a documentary that is worth watching, and it's worth seeing over and over again.

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Jerry

I like the idea of having an example of the human condition, how things would be different if we could change the world for the better. This is what we have been doing for the past few centuries. To say that we have had our share of social and environmental problems is a tad too grandiose, and I suppose the point was that we have been doing a good job of it. The subject was touched on here, but not with a lot of detail. I thought this would be the ultimate anti-authoritarian movie, with all the moral issues. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the majority of the population supports the current direction of the world, and most don't want to change. The movies could have been a bit more creative, but were certainly interesting and well done. The ending seemed a bit too neat and cliched to be a complete shocker, but that could have been a bit more thoughtful. It was certainly a good movie, but the conclusion did seem a bit too tidy.

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Carl

This documentary, based on an actual event in Portland, Oregon, made me remember how much I loved my hometown. The documentary tells the story of how an enthusiastic homeless man named Steve, brought the city's homeless problem into the national spotlight. It was an opportunity to get a sense of what it was like to live in Portland. We are treated to interviews with Mayor Vera Katz, city officials, and the homeless people themselves. I think the story is the most telling. It's easy to see how the mayor and others in the city reacted to the news. The reaction was certainly understandable. Homeless people are no more or less than any other person. The film is well made, with good actors and an expert on homelessness. You'll be cheering for Steve and for the city, and you'll feel the sadness, anger, and relief when the city got the message that homelessness can't be tolerated. At least, not without serious changes. Steve is an inspiration. If only the rest of us knew more about the Portland area.

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Olivia

I saw this film at the 1999 Palm Springs International Film Festival and I was blown away. The two-hour movie was a remarkable documentary on the lives of three musicians who were originally recruited for a collaboration. There is so much truth in this film, and if you like music, you will learn a lot about the history of jazz and also about how these musicians dealt with the war. It's really a great film. There is a lot of good information here, and it's not a documentary about jazz, it's a documentary about the life of three artists who were influenced by the war in Vietnam and played together in Vietnam, and how their lives are affected by it.

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Donna Porter

By the time this documentary was over I was laughing out loud. Every once in a while you catch a glimpse of a little child playing on the beach, or a young man or woman going to a party or a barbecue. But these are not the exceptions to the rule. For the most part, these are the most normal, everyday experiences. What makes the film so remarkable is that it also uses humor to talk about something so hard to talk about. In reality, almost all young people in the US are either single parents or are living with one parent. But the documentary doesn't have any words to say about it. It just tells it. The only thing you can say about the situation is that it is definitely very bad and the only solution is to get out of that situation. The most funny part of the documentary is the single mother who lives in an apartment with her husband, and her husband and his teenage son. That is the only scene where you get to see a happy family and that is what the movie is about. It is so very sad and also so funny to see the situation where two of these young people are barely able to survive. But the documentary isn't really about this. The thing that makes the documentary really interesting is the message it gives to the viewer. If you are living with one parent, this documentary shows you the life you will lead if you are married to someone with a different partner. Even if you are divorced, you will still have a family with a different partner. This documentary is so funny, and so emotional. I have never seen a documentary where so many people can see themselves in it. This documentary is not the best documentary I have ever seen, but it is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It shows how miserable life for a single parent can be, but also how precious life is. It also shows how people can use humor to change the situation. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who is looking for a comedy. I think this documentary would be very funny for anyone, and would be very important for everyone.

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George

I don't know why I waited until today to see this, but when I was actually able to see it, I was really impressed. It is a very well-made documentary about one of the most significant conflicts of the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, and how it affected millions of lives in Central and South America. The interviewees range from prominent political leaders to peasants and church-goers. There is also a brief history of how the revolution happened, which made me quite proud. This is not a film that makes you think, but it does leave you with a sense of regret that you never had the chance to understand what the Mexican people went through. A great documentary.

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Jordan Hamilton

One of the best documentaries I have ever seen, and I'm not saying this for my favourite docu-drama, "Saving Private Ryan" or "Breathing Room 2". It's not a good documentary, though. It's a good documentary. It's also a good documentary because it shows us that working conditions were really bad back in the '70s, but not that bad now. It shows us that there are still some poor countries in the world, but they are not as poor as they were. I would have loved to see a shorter version of this documentary, as it would have given me a more complete picture of what was going on. In my opinion, the movie is a good alternative to what is currently available, and I recommend it.

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Craig C.

A recent favorite of mine, A History of Violence, was not the kind of film I was expecting, but I think I came away feeling a little more enlightened. In this film, David Mamet discusses the origins of our modern media. The first instance of film is the Arabian Nights, where Daphne du Maurier (Alfred Hitchcock) was forced to film her husband's wife being stoned to death. The fascination with film is depicted here, from the invention of the camera to the rise of Hollywood. A History of Violence is not the most balanced documentary I have ever seen, and perhaps it is best to see it with a glass half full. However, it is certainly enlightening, and it does leave you with some ideas on the history of film. I have to agree with some of the comments here about Mamet's commentary being too overbearing. I think he has a point, and I think the film is meant to be a kind of therapy for viewers. The fact that it is always subject to the same questions, whether it is to the origin of the film, to the right of the press, to the power of cinema, to the question of cinematic cinema, to the nature of film, to the effect of film on the human psyche. This film is certainly a step in the right direction.