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Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on June 17, 2003, 10:27:54 AM
Source: Hollywood Reporter

John Malkovich has signed to star in the comedy "Color Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who conned his way into London's high life by pretending to be reclusive director Stanley Kubrick, according to Hamburg's Film Board, the financier backing the picture. The script for "Kubrick" will come from the late director's longtime personal assistant, Anthony Frewin. Brian Cook, a Kubrick crew member on "Eyes Wide Shut," will direct the feature, which Studio Hamburg is producing. Billed as a cinema verite laffer, "Color Me Kubrick" is based on real-life events during the shooting of "Eyes Wide Shut" in London from 1998-99, when a man pretending to be the legendary director got into many of the city's most exclusive parties, restaurants and nightclubs. Playing on his willing victims' star-struck desire to believe, he was successful despite bearing no resemblance to Kubrick. Hamburg's Film Board will co-finance the low-budget feature to the tune of €900,000 ($1.1 million). Malkovich is repped by WMA. (Scott Roxborough)
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Ghostboy on June 17, 2003, 10:32:28 AM
I think I remember hearing about this (the real life case, not the movie) back when it happened. That's damn funny, in any case. And don't forget, Stanley Tucci is Kubrick, too, in the Peter Sellers bio.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: children with angels on June 17, 2003, 10:37:04 AM
This sounds fantastic!
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: ono on June 17, 2003, 11:01:15 AM
It's like ... a cross between Being John Malkovich ... and some other film I don't know of.  :-D
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Duck Sauce on June 17, 2003, 12:43:50 PM
This is the most interesting idea for somebody who likes movies to be made into a movie about movies
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pubrick on June 17, 2003, 12:45:35 PM
Quote from: Duck Sauce
This is the most interesting idea for somebody who likes movies to be made into a movie about movies

yep.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Fernando on June 17, 2003, 01:08:56 PM
Quote from: Ghostboy
I think I remember hearing about this (the real life case, not the movie) back when it happened. That's damn funny, in any case. And don't forget, Stanley Tucci is Kubrick, too, in the Peter Sellers bio.


Here's the story:

http://www.suntimes.co.za/1999/03/28/lifestyle/life02.htm
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Sleuth on June 17, 2003, 02:49:31 PM
I like how as time goes on, Kubrick's legend grows and grows and I hope it never stops
Title: ha
Post by: mutinyco on June 17, 2003, 07:45:31 PM
It's like a cross between Catch Me if You Can and Being John Malkovich. It's funny cause I wrote a fictional script about another well-known auteur earlier this year that had a similar premise. I don't know whether this is a disaster or a blessing in disguise...
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cowboykurtis on June 17, 2003, 09:40:18 PM
this sounds like a HUNK of shit -- kubrick's assistant must have the imagination of a rock -- not even a pet rock. pet rocks are quite imaginative -- i have one.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Sleuth on June 17, 2003, 10:05:23 PM
Well it IS based on real life events
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: picolas on June 18, 2003, 04:19:30 PM
which colour is a Kubrick?
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Keener on June 19, 2003, 10:52:52 AM
Quote from: Roger Waters
Any colour you like...
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on January 26, 2004, 11:10:50 AM
The Z Review has pics of John Malkovich filming in London:

(http://www.thezreview.co.uk/images3/colormekubrick08.jpg)
(http://www.thezreview.co.uk/images3/colormekubrick05.jpg)
(http://www.thezreview.co.uk/images3/colormekubrick06.jpg)
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: mogwai on January 26, 2004, 11:16:22 AM
pfft, looks nothing like kubrick...

Quote from: picolas;
which colour is a Kubrick?

darkyellowgreengray? nah. purple or sumthin'.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cine on January 26, 2004, 11:48:03 AM
Quote from: mogwai
pfft, looks nothing like kubrick...

Good. I'm not the only one then...
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on January 26, 2004, 11:52:17 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: mogwai
pfft, looks nothing like kubrick...

Good. I'm not the only one then...


I think that was the point. Kubrick was so reclusive, no one really knew what he looked like, and Malovich's character could get away with claiming to be him.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Fernando on January 26, 2004, 11:54:35 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: mogwai
pfft, looks nothing like kubrick...

Good. I'm not the only one then...


I think that was the point. Kubrick was so reclusive, no one really knew what he looked like, and Malovich's character could get away with claiming to be him.


Exactly, I think it's suppossed to not look like him as the guy who claimed to be him didn't.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pubrick on January 26, 2004, 11:21:18 PM
i felt mogwai knew that he wasn't meant to look like kubrick, cos that's the point of the story, and was being ironic.

that's my emotional interpretation of the situation.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cine on January 26, 2004, 11:38:49 PM
I guess I'm the only one who preferred he had the facial hair.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: mogwai on January 27, 2004, 11:07:20 AM
Quote from: P
i felt mogwai knew that he wasn't meant to look like kubrick, cos that's the point of the story, and was being ironic.

that's my emotional interpretation of the situation.

it makes me a very emotional man every time pubrick stands up for me.
Quote from: Cinephile
I guess I'm the only one who preferred he had the facial hair.

Quote from: Cinephile/mogwai
Good. I'm not the only one then...
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: NEON MERCURY on January 28, 2004, 11:29:38 PM
.....that/he  don't look like kubrick"....

they should call it..... "Color me Christopher Lloyd circa Back to the Future with Shorter Hair"
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pubrick on January 28, 2004, 11:36:15 PM
i see this film might flop cos the concept is very difficult to understand.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cine on February 01, 2004, 05:30:27 PM
Ok, and is it just me or does Malkovich's Kubrick look incredibly lost in the head? Why does it look like there's nobody home? Since day one that I laid eyes on those pictures, the character of Kubrick looked like a 6 year old boy taking over the body of a much older genius. It's the eyes and the mouth really....
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: molly on February 01, 2004, 09:36:46 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Ok, and is it just me or does Malkovich's Kubrick look incredibly lost in the head? Why does it look like there's nobody home? Since day one that I laid eyes on those pictures, the character of Kubrick looked like a 6 year old boy taking over the body of a much older genius. It's the eyes and the mouth really....


isn't Malkovich's Kubrick just a "Kubrick"?
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on March 23, 2004, 08:38:43 PM
(http://www.colourmekubrick.com/gfx/cmkposter.jpg)

Teaser trailer here. (http://www.colourmekubrick.com/)
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 23, 2004, 08:47:12 PM
I swear that's the EWS font.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: eward on March 23, 2004, 10:56:46 PM
lol what an interesting trailer
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: mutinyco on March 29, 2004, 04:48:09 PM
Fuck me.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 29, 2004, 04:57:13 PM
Count me in on seeing this
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: mogwai on April 10, 2004, 01:39:58 PM
i just read that actress marisa berenson who played lady lyndon in "barry lyndon" will be in "colour me kubrick".

now, that's odd.

or maybe the movie is supposed to be a doc?
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: El Duderino on May 27, 2004, 01:49:52 PM
Promo Trailer Here (http://www.themoviebox.net/movies/2004/0-9ABC/Colour-Me-Kubrick/trailer-page.html)
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pubrick on May 27, 2004, 01:57:13 PM
Quote from: El Duderino
Promo Trailer Here (http://www.themoviebox.net/movies/2004/0-9ABC/Colour-Me-Kubrick/trailer-page.html)

oh u mean the exact same one that is on the previous page?

thanks.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: ©brad on May 28, 2004, 01:21:15 AM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
Count me in on seeing this


count me in on seeing this, but not with you.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: picolas on December 17, 2004, 11:44:34 AM
http://www.cinemovies.fr/fiche_multimedia.php?IDfilm=2165
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cowboykurtis on December 17, 2004, 12:55:02 PM
god this movie looks like such an awfukl peice of shit -- does any one know the story of this? a biopic? the teaser is dreadful -- this just looks like a waste of time money and labor.

if im not mistaken kubrick old assistant is producing this? seems to me like he saw an opportunity to cash in -- stanley is spitting in his fucking grave
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on December 17, 2004, 01:49:11 PM
Quote from: cowboykurtis
does any one know the story of this? a biopic?

if im not mistaken kubrick old assistant is producing this?


All those questions are answered in the very first post on page one of this thread.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cowboykurtis on December 17, 2004, 08:34:01 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: cowboykurtis
does any one know the story of this? a biopic?

if im not mistaken kubrick old assistant is producing this?


All those questions are answered in the very first post on page one of this thread.


thanks - i take my harsh comments back -- i did not read the whole thread -- actually kind of an interesting story.
Title: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pozer on December 26, 2004, 12:58:19 PM
Cowboykurtis, those were the funniest set of posts I have ever read on this site.
Colour Me Kurtis.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: modage on April 04, 2006, 08:43:52 PM
has it played any festivals? what's the what?
(http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/tixSYS/2006/filmguide/images/filmstills/3889.jpg)
Colour Me Kubrick
Int'l Narrative Competition
[COLOU] 2005 87 min 
Directed By: Brian Cook 
North American Premiere 
 
Toward the end of his life, Stanley Kubrick found himself increasingly vexed by the antics of an impostor who cut a swath through London, passing himself off as the acclaimed director. His success was founded not only on boundless chutzpah but also on the fact that Kubrick's real face and voice were practically unknown since-like Terence Malick and Chris Marker-he remained one of filmdom's few stubborn holdouts in the Fame Game. Although director Brian Cook and screenwriter Anthony Frewin have both collaborated with Kubrick for decades, what ultimately winds up on the screen has little to do with the actual filmmaker and everything to do with portraying the astonishing depths of human credulity, especially when provoked by the presence of a celebrity. Alan Conway, the man who turned out to be the perpetrator of the long-running hoax, is brought uproariously to life by John Malkovich. In a jaw-dropping tour de force, the star leaves no regional American accent or campily outlandish costume unturned. He stops at nothing in depicting Conway's shameless character, whether he is cadging a few quid for cab fare or pulling off even more outrageous scams. As producer Michael Fitzgerald notes: ""The film has three hidden messages. One, anyone can be Stanley Kubrick. Two, all crimes perpetrated in the name of celebrity will be rewarded by celebrity itself. Three, if you ever meet a celebrity, watch your wallet.""

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Mon, May 1 / 6:00 pm
Tue, May 2 / 9:30 pm
Wed, May 3 / Noon
Thu, May 4 / 5:00 pm
Fri, May 5 / 8:15 pm


www.tribecafilmfestival.org
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: hedwig on April 04, 2006, 10:16:28 PM
haha great. we watched Dangerous Liaisons in class today and I was wondering what the hell happened to this movie.

good to hear.  :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Pubrick on April 05, 2006, 11:18:45 AM
As producer Michael Fitzgerald notes: ""The film has three hidden messages. One, anyone can be Stanley Kubrick. Two, all crimes perpetrated in the name of celebrity will be rewarded by celebrity itself. Three, if you ever meet a celebrity, watch your wallet.""
brilliant. colour me highly anticipaty.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: cron on April 06, 2006, 10:59:12 PM
the film HAD three hidden messages...  :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on May 02, 2006, 07:13:19 PM
Malkovich plays man who would be Kubrick in film

John Malkovich's new film has him playing an Englishman who pretends he is Stanley Kubrick in what is billed as a "true-ish" story about a conman who duped dozens of people into thinking he was the reclusive director.

"Color me Kubrick," showing at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, has already drawn comparisons to "Being John Malkovich" because of its cerebral approach to questions of identity and celebrity.

But it is essentially a comedy that gives Malkovich the chance to revel in outlandish accents, behavior and costumes, from stockings and stilettos to oversized pajamas and foppish suits and cravats. The soundtrack echoes Kubrick's own films, including the famous theme from "2001: Space Odyssey."
 
Alan Conway, an alcoholic and small-time swindler, managed to pass himself off as the famously publicity-shy Kubrick for years until he was unmasked by a newspaper. Even then he convinced psychiatrists he was mentally ill, escaping prosecution for duping dozens of gullible victims into parting with their cash and sometimes their virtue.

"Everybody believed it," said Michael Fitzgerald, who produced the film written by Kubrick's personal assistant Anthony Frewin.

"Stanley Kubrick's wife still gets letters from parents of young men who were, what's the word, 'pleasured' by him, regretting his death, but saying he had done unspeakable things to their children," he said.

With his debonair look, eccentric outfits and gift of gab, Conway takes in everyone from the local pharmacist, to the managers of a heavy metal band, to a comedian played by British star Jim Davidson.

Malkovich said the surprising thing was how readily people believed Conway because of their reverence for celebrities. "They were blind as of that instant and all they were wondering about was what he was thinking about them," he said.

Asked about the parallels with "Being John Malkovich" -- where a puppeteer discovers a door in his office that allows him to enter the mind and life of the actor -- Malkovich said they were not so much in issues of identity as celebrity.

"I suppose they do have some things in common," he said. "But it's not so much what draws me to these films as it's what draws people to thinking being a celebrity would be in any way interesting or beneficial."

"Someone who has a life like Alan Conway is going to clearly see that life is better if you're Stanley Kubrick," Malkovich said. "Then people like you and people listen to you, and if you're just a kind of minor petty criminal and failed travel agent, chances are they wouldn't be as interested in you."

But he said after playing the role he was amazed at the effort involved to maintain such a deception. "Surely the fundamental rule about existence is that you are who you are," he said.

The film has yet to find a distributor in the United States. "They don't know how to market it -- that's the excuse so far," said Fitzgerald.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: mogwai on June 28, 2006, 11:42:59 AM
Playing the man playing Kubrick

Actor John Malkovich has told the BBC he was so "stunned" by the story of a con artist who spent 10 years taking money from people who believed him to be director Stanley Kubrick that he took the role of the man himself for a new film.

Colour Me Kubrick tells the story of Alan Conway, who spent a decade impersonating the director, despite knowing very little about his work, looking not at all like him, and having been born in Whitechapel in London rather than the Bronx in New York.

Conway's victims included a number of famous British celebrities, from heavy metal bands to cabaret singers.

Malkovich, who plays Conway in the film, told BBC World Service's On Screen programme that he was amazed when he first heard about Conway's scam.

"It's not that I applaud it - but I am kind of stunned by it," he said.

"Why would you bother? To a lot of people, their lives are so beneath the size of their dreams, that they need to be someone else."

Making a killing

Malkovich plays Conway as an alcoholic on the edge, improvising his every scam and parting credulous people with their money.

"He knew nothing about Kubrick, and he was an incredible drunk - which would have made it hard to remember anything he knew, had he known it," Malkovich said.


"It seemed to me to make a lot of sense to just read the person in front of you, and be who they would like you to be."
Conway was able to carry out his deception because Kubrick had a reputation of being a recluse.

Despite having made some of the best-known films in cinema history - including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange - the director only very rarely appeared in public, and spent most of his time off set in his mansion in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Conway, however, was much more gregarious. In an interesting twist, Colour Me Kubrick director Brian Cook - who himself worked with Kubrick on a number of films, including The Shining and Barry Lyndon - found that many of the British actors he employed for the film had met Conway.

"Jim Davidson encountered him and thought he was Kubrick," he said.

"Conway had really got around, so we heard about it from many of the people actually in the film."

Kubrick himself only became aware of Conway's existence in the mid-1990s, as he was preparing to make what would turn out to be his last film, Eyes Wide Shut. He began to receive letters accusing him of breaking promises, stealing money and wrecking people's lives.

Tabloid exposes

The idea for the film came from Tony Fruin, Kubrick's personal assistant for many years, who was charged with tracking Conway down in 1998.

Conway's story has been told before, in the British documentary The Man Who Would Be Kubrick, as well as in numerous tabloid exposes.

Colour Me Kubrick is described as "A true-ish account", played by Malkovich as broad comedy.

"When I saw a TV programme about the gentleman in question, he mentioned his extraordinarily exact American accent - but it didn't resemble anyone I'd ever heard," Malkovich said.

"That gave me the idea of having the accent a little bit Yiddish, a little bit Croydon, a little bit Copenhagen, and a little bit Seoul."

The film is also a peculiar sideways tribute to Kubrick, and has a number of oblique references to his films, especially in the dialogue and the music.

However, despite its intriguing premise, the film is currently struggling to get distribution in the two countries Kubrick lived and worked in all his life - the US and the UK.

It has so far been released in France - as Appellez Moi Kubrick - and Australia, but there is no word whether it will get a chance in the world's major film market.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on June 29, 2006, 10:36:09 AM
this movie is pretty horrible. but i'd say essential viewing for kubrick fans.
Could you, please, expand on reasons why I, as a Kubrick fan, should must go see a "horrible" film?
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: RegularKarate on June 30, 2006, 10:23:52 AM
it's caalled color me kubrck. do that math.

new banner anyone?
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on June 30, 2006, 11:06:49 AM
cos i'm so fucking drunk. and you're supposedly a kubrick fan. it's caalled color me kubrck. do that math.
Color Me Konvinced
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: picolas on September 03, 2006, 03:19:55 PM
this is in the Vancouver Film Festival. (last viff announcement)
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: picolas on September 29, 2006, 03:05:33 AM
this movie makes me feel pretty much the same way napoleon dynamite did, but less disappointed. malkovich is insanely perfect. he plays the character in a very filthy way, yet the filth is manipulated so that it becomes oddly classy. the performance alone justifies the movie's existence. the movie itself isn't as good. it doesn't take full advantage of the situation/character. it's more a bunch of scenes that have a vague underlying story but feel more like small sketches. there's a major misuse of the sped-up william tell overture. sometimes it's just not clever/written only to show an event occuring. it's hard to describe.. there's a scene with someone who got ripped off being told he got ripped off and he's crying and it goes exactly how you'd expect it and there's no real reason to show it.. mostly these are scenes that don't involve malkovich. but it's very very worth watching for the malkovich.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Ravi on January 26, 2007, 05:47:49 PM
http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/colour-me-kubrick.html

Title: Color Me Kubrick (IMDb)
Starring: John Malkovich
Released: 27th March 2007
SRP: $26.98

Further Details:
Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced Color Me Kubrick which stars John Malkovich as conman Alan Conway, who successfully passed himself off as the famed director Stanley Kubrick. The disc will be available to own from the 27th March, and should retail at around $26.98. The film itself will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. Extras will include an audio commentary (participants to be confirmed), some deleted scenes, and a making of featurette.
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on March 05, 2007, 03:54:14 PM
Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced Color Me Kubrick which stars John Malkovich as conman Alan Conway, who successfully passed himself off as the famed director Stanley Kubrick. The film will be released theatrically and broadcast via HDNet Movies on 23rd March, the DVD will then be follow on the 27th. The film itself will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. Extras will include an audio commentary (participants to be confirmed), some deleted scenes, and a making of featurette.

(http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.cinematical.com/media/2007/03/colourkub3507.jpg)
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: jigzaw on March 08, 2007, 10:58:26 PM
I just arrived home from seeing this movie.   

It is truly awful.  How unfortunate that such a great idea that could have been a gold mine of comedic richness was turned into a painful experience for the audience.  Malkovich is a superb actor and is very good here, but the movie doesn't hold up at all.  There are a few mildly amusing stylistic references to Kubrick's films, but they weren't terribly clever and there weren't enough of them to sustain a Kubrick fan's interest through these 86 long minutes.  I honestly don't know how this got made.

Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: MacGuffin on March 09, 2007, 03:11:31 PM
Trailer here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOMMO_4BPSg)
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Kal on March 18, 2007, 11:41:12 AM
http://www.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/colormekubrick/trailer/
Title: Re: John Malkovich Is Kubrick
Post by: Kal on June 02, 2007, 03:32:48 PM
I just saw this... really bad, but Malkovich makes it worth the time. It has some funny scenes, and the whole concept is just brilliant. Its amazing how many stupid people, and how many crazy people are in this world.