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Color Me Kubrick

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Color Me Kubrick tells the slyly amusing and "true-ish" story about a brazen impostor who pretended to be one of the world's greatest filmmakers. As British comedies go it's a bit of a trifle, but constantly enjoyable for cinephiles devoted to Stanley Kubrick and his films. In a foppishly flamboyant performance, John Malkovich dons a fab-ulously colorful wardrobe and uses a comical variety of voices as Alan Conway, an eccentrically gay outcast who spent most of the 1990s convincing his gullible targets that he was Stanley Kubrick, despite bearing no resemblance to the real Kubrick and knowing next to nothing about the director's celebrated films. Preying (with startling success) upon their ignorance and their fawning desire to seek favors from this "legendary filmmaker," Conway conned his mostly gay victims into giving him money, sex, and other kinds of ill-earned appreciation, and Color Me Kubrick (completed two years before its simultaneous release to theaters and DVD) 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.

It's pretty slight stuff, as comedies go, but it boasts plenty of authority behind the camera: Both director Brian Cook and screenwriter Anthony Frewin were close associates of Kubrick's for decades, and they have terrific fun by peppering their film with a variety of Kubrickian in-jokes, from the frequent use of music featured in Kubrick's own films to a variety of visual in-jokes that Kubrick worshippers will instantly recognize. Add to this Malkovich's crazily unhindered performance, and you've got a nice little cult comedy that will keep you laughing if you're in the right mood. 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. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • "Being Alan Conway" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: John Malkovich, Jim Davidson, Richard E. Grant, Tom Allen, Scott Baker
  • Directors: Brian W. Cook
  • Writers: Anthony Frewin
  • Producers: Brian W. Cook, Colin Leventhal, Daniel J.B. Taylor, Donald A. Starr, Luc Besson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MNOX9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Color Me Kubrick" on IMDb

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By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I finally ordered this DVD at the urging of a friend and ardent movie buff. I'm glad I took his advice. Directed by Brian Cook, "Color Me Kubrick" stars John Malkovich as a real-live con-artist whose real name is Alan Conway. As gay as pink lemonade, Conway-- aptly named-- "cons" a lot of people into giving him money and expensive gifts by posing as the reclusive film director Stanley Kubrick. The movie belongs to Malkovich for his camp over-the-top performance that delights the viewer for 90 minutes or so. His costumes defy description and have to be seen to be believed. There are lots of hooty moments here as Conway convinces his unwary victims that he is Kubrick. Only rarely is he found out. In one scene he rattles off a list of his films-- he is always working on some new project and might use the talents of his latest quest-- and includes "Judgment at Nuremberg" as one of his. At least he got the "Stanley" correct since Stanley Kramer directed that one.

There are references here and there throughout the film to Kubrick movies including much of the music he used. In addition to being a sad commentary ultimately about a man who is no one but a no one who gets away with this hoax-- he ultimately meets his waterloo when the American journalist Frank Rich meets him and exposes him-- "Color Me Kubrick" makes a statement about celebrity worship.

Although a much better film, "Six Degrees of Separation" is also based on a true story of a gay man (Will Smith) who poses as Sidney Poitier's son and fools a lot of the pretentious New York art world for a season. While two examples of gay people impersonating the rich and famous do not a significant statistical sample make, perhaps the phenomenon should be further explored.
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"Color Me Kubrick" will remind you a bit of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me if You Can," in which Leonardo Di Caprio played a world-class con artist who duped people into believing he was a myriad of Very Important People whom he was really not. In "Colour Me Kubrick," the imposter is a man named Alan Conway who goes about London telling people he is the famed (and famously reclusive) director, Stanley Kubrick, in order to bum rides, free drinks and even sexual favors off of them. I guess it's appropriate that I just happened to catch this film on April 1st of all days.

Written by Andrew Frewin and directed by Brian W. Cook, "Color Me Kubrick" is clearly a godsend for its star, John Malkovich, who seems to be having the time of his movie-acting life doing this role. Malkovich tailors his demeanor and accent to fit the audience to whom he is playing, running the gamut from Capote-esque fey for his gay "clients" (Conway is himself gay) to regular-guy macho for his straight targets. Yet, Malkovich never resorts to mere playacting to create his effect; by fully inhabiting the character, he keeps Conway from descending into a merely clownish figure and allows him to register as a fully developed human being.

Unfortunately, although the screenplay is frequently witty and even downright hilarious at times, the movie itself is never quite as good as Malkovich is in it. Despite its overall originality, there's an innate one-note quality to the setup that the movie cannot completely shake, so that, even at a mere eighty-six minutes, the conceit tends to wear a bit thin after awhile. The filmmakers somewhat make up for that weakness by also showing us the means by which Conway is eventually unmasked for all the world to see.
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What a despicable movie -- a movie aimed at mocking Stanley Kubrick by continuously surrounding his name with sordid scenes of fraud, betrayal, alcoholism, and sodomy. What a guy Frewin must be to conceive of such a script.

The movie purports to tell the story of Alan Conway, an alcoholic homosexual, who for many years, while Kubrick was alive, posed as Kubrick. Pretending to be Kubrick, Conway defrauded numerous people and seduced innumerable starstruck young men, who were awed by his claim to be the famous director. Frewin's script perpetuates the scandals that Alan Conway generated during Kubrick's lifetime.

Kubrick never sued Conway....because he knew that a suit would only cost him time and money in (a rigged) court system...and Alan Conway could easily be replaced by another paid scam artist. Frewin's script perpetuates the "fun" of dragging Kubrick's name through the mud by disguising the slander as a humorous romp through the life of Conway's antics. Frewin's script is one long "association" of Kubrick's name with sodomy, fraud, alcoholism and second-rate talent. Hmmm.

Why bother speaking ill of (writing scripts slandering) the dead?
Kubrick's movies about the crimes of the Elite infuriated the Powerful Oligarchy who had once supported him. Apparently the most egregious of Kubrick's offenses was his movie "The Shining," in which he covertly revealed his role in filming the Apollo Moon Landing Hoax. Kubrick's unforgivable offense of exposing his role in filming the Apollo Fraud was explained in the movie "Wag the Dog" in which Dustin Hoffman's character "Stanley" filmed a phony war for use on the TV news.
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