This past Saturday and Sunday, I had a Kubrickian weekend. On Saturday night I saw the documentary Filmworker at the famous Nuart about Leon Vitali who was Stanley Kubrick’s right hand man for the last thirty years of Kubrick’s life. It was a good documentary about a man who dedicated his life to Kubrick’s work and the rewards and price he paid for it. Afterwards there was a Q&A with the actor Matthew Modine, the director Tony Sierra, and Leon himself. I actually was also reminded today by someone that about a year ago I actually had a brief introduction and handshake with Leon but for some reason or another I thought the person I met was actually somebody different who worked for Kubrick but it turns it actually was Leon.
On Sunday, I was also fortunate enough to see the second greatest movie of all time 2001: A Space Odyssey in pure analog form on a 70mm “unrestored” print at the Cinerama Dome thanks to Warner Brothers, Christopher Nolan, and Leon. The print was intended to give the same exact look and sound that people would’ve have seen back in 1968 and for me it did not disappoint as any time Also Sprach Zarathustra pounded through the sound system upon the giant screen I basically had a rush of pure chills come over me. But while it was a great experience with a sold out crowd and a introduction by the man himself Christopher Nolan, I have to admit it still doesn’t beat my first time experience when I was 10 or 11. For on one weekend back in the day, I got from the Downers Grove Public Library a VHS (double tape!) for 2001 and I asked my mom that night if she wanted to watch it and she said she would. After the movie ended, enough though I watched it on our small television, my mind still exploded into a million pieces by what I had just watched. I turned to my mom and told her, “there must be more? What does it all mean?!?” While it was getting late and I’m sure she was tired, she mentioned let’s see if we can find something online. So we logged into our AOL account (this is how long ago it was) and we looked online and found a random website where a guy gave an in-depth analysis to his view on 2001... (continued in comments)