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Thu, Jan 10, 2019 - Sun, Jan 13, 2019
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Leon Vitali In Person!

LEON VITALI – KUBRICK’S RIGHT-HAND MAN

Leon Vitali was an accomplished young actor in 1970s London when he was cast as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON. During months of shooting, Leon became enthralled by the director’s all-encompassing process of creation. When the film wrapped, prestigious job offers poured in from film, television and stage, but Leon turned them all down to take on the humble role of assistant to the master filmmaker. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind the scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work.

“People say they’d give their right arm to work with Stanley,” Leon says with a knowing smile. “Let me tell you, that’s just the down payment.” His responsibilities were so vast and varied they were impossible to categorize; on travel documents, Leon wrote his occupation as FILMWORKER - a title now shared by a documentary about Vitali. In addition to his essential role as Kubrick’s creative sounding board, Leon was casting and coaching actors, making sure each print met the highest standards, preparing sound mixes, overseeing subtitling and dubbing, creating layouts for marketing materials, making trailers for international territories, keeping track of global screening schedules and serving as a diplomatic liaison between his often volatile boss and the outside world.

On what would turn out to be Kubrick’s final film, EYES WIDE SHUT, Leon was run ragged carrying out double duties. Not only did he attend to countless production tasks but he also gave a stellar performance as the imperious Red Cloak. The experience of both assisting and acting for the master brought things full circle. After Kubrick’s sudden death in the midst of putting the final touches on the film, Leon threw himself into a battle to keep Kubrick’s uncompromising standards alive. When Warner Bros. decided to painstakingly restore such films as THE SHINING and FULL METAL JACKET, they turned to Leon as the man whose hard-earned knowledge guided audio engineers, colorists, lab technicians and restoration specialists to insure that Kubrick’s legacy would be safeguarded for generations to come.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger.

Introductions to each program by Leon Vitali.
Aero TheatreThu, Jan 10, 2019 - Sun, Jan 13, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Leon Vitali In Person!
Thu, Jan 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Leon Vitali In Person!
Fri, Jan 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Leon Vitali and Matthew Modine In Person!
Sat, Jan 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Leon Vitali In Person!
Sun, Jan 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre