It has been nearly 20 years since the death of Stanley Kubrick, and to celebrate the master’s work the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) has planned a Kubrick mini-film festival for May 21-24. It features an engrossing new documentary, “Filmworker,” and two of his most discussion-worthy masterpieces, 1962’s “Lolita” and 1975’s “Barry Lyndon.”
“Filmworker” is a must-see for Kubrick fans. It’s a profile of Leon Vitali, an actor (he played Lord Bullingdon in “Barry Lyndon”) who became Kubrick’s right-hand man in nearly all respects. As the documentary details, Vitali oversaw young Danny Lloyd on the set of “The Shining,” helped R.Lee Ermey score the drill sergeant role in “Full Metal Jacket,” and ensured that “Eyes Wide Shut” was finished to Kubrick’s specifications following his death in 1999.
Full of archival footage and new interviews, “Filmworker” is a rare window into Kubrick’s inner circle. It screens at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. May 21, 4:30 and 7 p.m. on May 22, and 2 and 4:30 p.m. on May 23 and 24.
“Lolita” is the director’s uproarious, biting adaptation of Nabokov’s tale of Humbert Humbert’s obsession with the teenage daughter of his landlady (and, eventually, his wife). Featuring memorable performances from James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters, and Sue Lyon, “Lolita” has held up remarkably well. It screens at 6:45 p.m. May 23.
The real gem of the North Park mini-fest, however, is the 4K restoration of “Barry Lyndon.” There is an argument to be made that Kubrick’s Thackeray adaptation is his finest film; with its use of candlelight it is certainly his most visually groundbreaking. Ryan O’Neal stars as Irish social-climber Barry Lyndon in this 18th century-set stunner.
“Barry Lyndon” screens at 12:45 p.m. May 22 and 9:50 p.m. May 23. Note that the film is more than three hours long, but it is certainly worth the time.
Tickets for all three films are $10.50 each and can be bought at northparktheatre.org or at the door.