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Kubrick's little-known right-hand man takes a bow in Cannes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/23/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
This image released by True Studio Media shows Leon Vitali, an actor turned assistant for film director Stanley Kubrick, in a scene from the film, "Filmworker." (True Studio Media via AP © The Associated Press This image released by True Studio Media shows Leon Vitali, an actor turned assistant for film director Stanley Kubrick, in a scene from the film, "Filmworker." (True Studio Media via AP

CANNES, France (AP) — No place on Earth is more devoted to the "auteur" filmmaker than the Cannes Film Festival. Directors are hailed with minutes-long standing ovations, while movie stars parade past a gauntlet of flashbulbs on the red carpet.

But as much as attention is lavished on the so-called "above-the-line" talent, below-the-line contributors on a film are usually either unseen or totally absent.

One film at Cannes pays tribute to one of the hardest-working, least well-known collaborators to perhaps cinema's greatest visionary.

"Filmworker," directed by Tony Zierra, is about Leon Vitali, the longtime right-hand man to Stanley Kubrick. Despite his uncommon proximity to Kubrick and his significant contributions to the director's big-screen artistry, Vitali was — until "Filmworker" premiered — an almost entirely unsung figure in movie history.

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