Critic Consensus: 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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"Filmworker" is a first-rate account of the ongoing creative process some call dysfunctional. Well, anyone would call it that, actually. But some would also call it worth it.
"Filmworker's" greatest value lies in pulling the lens back to allow viewers to understand film as a deeply collaborative medium, one in which even the most venerated auteurs cannot accomplish their greatest feats alone.
Whether you're fascinated by Kubrick or the human condition this is a minor classic.
Next time you watch a Kubruck movie, take note of the high-contrast black and white, or of how consistent the colors have remained over the decades. Thanks, Mr. Vitale!
Tony Zierra's fond and slightly unsettling film is, among other things, a reminder of the egolessness necessary for great egos to flourish.
Naturally, excuses are made here, mostly by 69-year-old Vitali himself... but it's difficult not see this film as anything other than a gripping portrait of the worst excesses of an industry that continues to support, and nurture, megalomania.
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