Color Me Kubrick

Overview

In the mid-'90s, an Englishman by the name of Alan Conway John Malkovich conned many people into believing that he was the reclusive American director Stanley Kubrick, despite the fact that Conway was openly gay, bore no physical resemblance to Kubrick, and knew little about the director's work. Conway's story has been loosely adapted into the comedic feature Colour Me Kubrick. Anthony Frewin, who worked as Kubrick's personal assistance for many years, wrote the script, and Brian Cook, who served as Kubrick's ...
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Overview

In the mid-'90s, an Englishman by the name of Alan Conway John Malkovich conned many people into believing that he was the reclusive American director Stanley Kubrick, despite the fact that Conway was openly gay, bore no physical resemblance to Kubrick, and knew little about the director's work. Conway's story has been loosely adapted into the comedic feature Colour Me Kubrick. Anthony Frewin, who worked as Kubrick's personal assistance for many years, wrote the script, and Brian Cook, who served as Kubrick's assistant director on several films, including Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut, marks his directorial debut with the film. Colour Me Kubrick follows Conway on a number of adventures, wherein he cadges drinks, cash, sex, and more from unsuspecting victims, ranging from a heavy metal band to a wine bar owner Richard E. Grant to a British lounge singer British television comic Jim Davidson making his feature-film debut, who are awestruck by his purported fame and fortune, and willing to overlook Conway's genuinely bizarre behavior in the hopes of impressing the great director. Conway's act reached its pinnacle when he temporarily pulled the wool over the eyes of then-New York Times theater critic Frank Rich William Hootkins. Colour Me Kubrick features cameos by Ken Russell, Honor Blackman, Peter Sallis, and Marc Warren. The French production had its international premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Making of featurette: Being Alan Conway
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Filled with deeply ironic visual, verbal, and musical references to the revered director from the opening frames, Colour Me Kubrick would seem the kind of tribute that the late Stanley Kubrick would have appreciated. Anchored by a hilariously fearless and jarringly off-kilter performance from John Malkovich, the film features a clever if episodic script from Anthony Frewin, brought to bear with a surfeit of visual wit by first-time feature director Brian Cook. The writer and director both worked with Kubrick, and their liberal use of his grand visual and aural cues for their unseemly little tale seems affectionate, but it's also scathingly funny. At one point in the film, Malkovich, playing notorious Kubrick impersonator Alan Conway, impresses a fan by telling him that he's readying a sequel to 2001 "3001," naturally starring none other than John Malkovich. The actor's name doesn't generate much of a response, but his deranged turn holds Colour Me Kubrick together. Trying on one ludicrous "American" accent after another, Malkovich plays Conway as a desperate sociopath. His lack of resemblance to Kubrick and ignorance of the director's work -- at one point he claims to have played Pip in David Lean's Great Expectations -- and his transparent grubbiness make the filmmakers' point that Conway's various victims were misled as much by their own eagerness to attach themselves to Kubrick's wealth and fame and, in a few cases, his genius as by whatever cunning Conway could muster. In these times, there's nothing particularly earth-shattering about these themes, but Conway's story is put forth with such an unapologetic sense of depraved fun that it becomes startlingly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • UPC: 876964000789
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,947

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Malkovich Alan Conway
Jim Davidson Lee Pratt
Richard E. Grant Jasper
Terence Rigby Norman
Peter Bowles Cyril
Leslie Phillips Freddie
Marc Warren
Ayesha Dharker
Robert M. Powell
Henry Goodman
Maynard Eziashi
William Hootkins
Marisa Berenson
Lynda Baron
Ken Russell Participant
Peter Sallis
Angus Barnett
Honor Blackman
Bryan Dick
James Dreyfus Melvyn
Nitin Chandra Ganatra
Luke Mably Rupert Rodnight
Technical Credits
Brian Cook Director, Producer
Brian W. Cook Director, Producer
Bryan Adams Score Composer
Howard Atherton Cinematographer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Luc Besson Executive Producer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Edward Colyer Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Fitzgerald Producer
Anthony Frewin Screenwriter
Paul Ghiradani Art Director
Penelope Glass Co-producer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Leventhal Executive Producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Executive Producer
Victoria Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Crispian Sallis Production Designer
Donald A. Starr Executive Producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Alan Strachan Editor
Daniel J.B. Taylor Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Color Me Kubrick
1. Opening Credits [7:42]
2. The Apartment [2:39]
3. Dirty Laundry [4:16]
4. Little Venice [5:17]
5. Xterminating Angels [7:04]
6. Alan Conway [5:50]
7. Problem Solved [6:10]
8. Denied [5:55]
9. Confronted [6:53]
10. Party [3:46]
11. Lee Pratt [5:39]
12. Schedule Planning [6:14]
13. Confidence Man [5:59]
14. Hospital [6:23]
15. The Rimini Clinic [2:00]
16. End Credits [4:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Color Me Kubrick
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      5.1 Dolby Digital
      2.0 Dolby Digital
      Spanish
      None
   Being Alan Conway
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