Color Me Kubrick

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Released 2005

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Director:
Brian W. Cook , Brian Cook
Released:
2005
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Color Me Kubrick is a film adaptation of the story of Alan Conway (John Malkovich), who conned people into believing he was American director Stanley Kubrick throughout the 1990s. Conway bore no resemblance to the reclusive film icon and knew little about his work. This didn't stop him from convincing people to give out money, booze, food and other favors with a promise of a role in an upcoming "Kubrick" film. The screenplay is based loosely on a number of Conway's scams, including bilking a fashion designer, musical artists and bar owners out of large sums of money and pulling the wool over the eyes of a New York Times theater critic (William Hootkins). His luck runs out when a young protege discovers something about Conway doesn't add up. The script was written by Anthony Frewin, a former personal assistant to Kubrick, and was the directorial debut of Brian Cook, who worked with Kubrick on The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.

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  • 80

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    A sly, enormously entertaining romp based on the antics of real-life Brit conman Alan Conway who rooked his way around '90s London posing as Stanley Kubrick.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Even if it doesn't add up to more than a fitfully amusing collection of comic sketches, Color Me Kubrick is a platform for John Malkovich to burst into lurid purple flame.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Scarcely an insightful biographical portrait, Color Me Kubrick is still interesting, perhaps even intimidating, as a study of the way fandom can so readily be turned against itself.

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