A few minutes with 'Filmworker' Leon Vitali: subject of AFI Fest doc helped Stanley Kubrick realize his vision
Vitali and director Tony Zierra talk with Nonfictionfilm.com on the AFI red carpet
His name may not be well known, but Leon Vitali played a vital role in the career of one of cinema's greatest artists, the late Stanley Kubrick.
Vitali began his work with the director as an actor -- starring as the simpering Lord Bullingdon in Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. He went on to become his chief man behind the scenes, a role that encompassed an astonishing array of activities, from casting films, working with actors, color correction -- whatever Kubrick needed and demanded to realize his uncompromising vision.
Vitali finally gets the attention he has long deserved in the documentary Filmworker, directed by Tony Zierra, which recently played at AFI Fest in Hollywood after premiering in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Release plans for the film are now being finalized.
Below is my conversation with Vitali and Zierra on the AFI Fest red carpet.
Related: Filmworker team on Leon Vitali: 'He learned to take his self and merge it with Kubrick's creativity'
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.