'Color Me Kubrick'
(John Malkovich, Tom Allen, et al / DVD / NR / 2007 / Magnolia)
Overview: The true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick during the production of Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut, despite knowing very little about his work and looking nothing like him. John Malkovich gives a hilarious tour-de-force as Alan Conway, a conman who successfully passed himself off as the famed and notoriously reclusive director, Stanley Kubrick, for the last decade of the filmmaker's life, despite knowing very little about Kubrick. It'd be a farce of the highest order if it weren't based on a true story!
DVD Verdict: Alan Conway, (JOHN MALKOVICH), was a British con-man who pretended to be the legendary film director, Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick lived in England for many years - but he was reclusive and rarely gave interviews. So, although most people knew his films - DR. STRANGELOVE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY - very few knew what he actually looked like. Therein, 'Color Me Kubrick' tells the slyly amusing and "true-ish" story about this brazen impostor incorporating a terrificly foppishly flamboyant performance from the great character actor, John Malkovich.
Donning a fabulously colorful wardrobe and using a comical variety of voices as Conway; an eccentrically gay outcast who spent most of the 1990s convincing said gullible targets of his fake persona, Malkovich does a terrific job of showing how Conway managed to maintain this charade for nearly a decade ... before he was "outed" by New York Times columnist Frank Rich, whose own encounter with Conway would eventually lead to the faux-Kubrick's undoing!
And for the record, the people who made the film - director Brian Cook and writer Anthony Frewin - know to what they are talking about. Frewin worked on the script of '2001,' and was Kubrick's research assistant on several projects, while Cook was assistant director on 'BARRY LYNDON,' 'THE SHINING' and 'EYES WIDE SHUT.'
FYI - Keep your eyes wide open for cameo appearances by Marisa Berenson (who appeared in Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'), Peter Sallis (the voice of Wallace in the 'Wallace and Gromit' films), and director Ken Russell, among others! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Making of Featurette - "Being Alan Conway"