“A lot of decisions made on the set were about pragmatism: ‘This looks good. Vitali is credited in The Shining (1980) as "personal assistant to director". That said, I’m certain that he wouldn’t have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent” of “Room 237.”. Leon Vitali was born in 1948 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England as Alfred Leon. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. But the theories are presented with such a surprising lack of irony that it seems as though “Room 237” — the name refers to the scariest suite in the Kubrick movie’s snowbound Overlook Hotel — just might want its audience to take them seriously. The film includes footage from The Shining and other Kubrick films, along with discussions by Kubrick enthusiasts. Well, look at it this way: more people believe that Kubrick faked the moon landing than are aware of Vitali’s existence. There are scenes, for instance, in which Danny wears a sweater showing the Apollo 11 rocket. I used that typewriter for 10 years, actually.”. It sits on the oak table pretty perfectly.’ Not to mention, it’s a great typewriter. He ties that in with several supposed references to the Holocaust to suggest that Kubrick wanted to link the fictional horror in “The Shining” with the real-world horror of the Nazi concentration camps. That reading implies that Kubrick planned to use “Three Little Pigs.” But according to Mr. Vitali, when the scene was being filmed Kubrick brainstormed with him and Mr. Nicholson what Jack Torrance ought to howl before swinging his ax. That makes the theories fair game for a sober assessment. Leon and Kersti had two daughters, actress Vera Vitali and producer Masha Vitali, and a son, videographer Max Vitali. In Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon, Lord Bullingdon is the titular character’s stepson. In 1973, he made his feature film debut in two movies: the Italian Super Bitch, directed by Massimo Dallamano, who had previously worked with Sergio Leone as a cinematographer in the first two of his Dollars Trilogy, and the television film Catholics, alongside Martin Sheen and Michael Gambon. Looking for something to watch? Kubrick’s atypically paternal interest in Vitali led the latter to serve as actor, personal assistant, location scout, dialogue coach, … Leon Vitali, a "Barry Lyndon" actor who became one of Stanley Kubrick's closest collaborators, is the subject of a documentary in Cannes Classics. Leon Vitali, Actor: Eyes Wide Shut. Mr. Vitali had an acting role in Kubrick’s 1975 movie “Barry Lyndon,” went to work for him soon after and remained on his payroll for decades. In 1974 Vitali met Stanley Kubrick, with whom he had a professional relationship for the rest of Kubrick's career. Since Kubrick's death Vitali has overseen the restoration of both picture and sound elements for most of Kubrick's films. “She was staying in an apartment nearby and she had the words to ‘Three Little Pigs’ right there,” Mr. Vitali said. “That was knitted by a friend of Milena Canonero,” the costume designer, Mr. Vitali said. “It was so that Stanley” — who was American born but had lived in England for years by then — “knew what one was likely to see there. And I found Calumet cans all over the place.”. Yet another contention is that a poster in the Overlook shows a Minotaur, suggesting that the movie is a retelling of the Greek myth about the part man, part bull. This is an interview with Rade Šerbedžija who played Milich in 'Eyes Wide Shut'. It’s a downhill skier. This becomes part of the faked-moon-landing theory, as articulated by Jay Weidner, an author and independent filmmaker. He played the apothecary in Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet (2013). And there’s more. The Vitalis then worked as costume designers in Birgitta Svensson's Mackan, after which Leon played a bit part in Svensson's next film, Inter Rail (1981). Vitali attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It’s not a Minotaur.”, Mr. Vitali said he never spoke with Kubrick about any larger meaning in “The Shining.” “He didn’t tell an audience what to think or how to think,” he said, “and if everyone came out thinking something differently that was fine with him. Mr. Vitali also cautioned against the suggestion that there might be Holocaust overtones to the German-made Adler typewriter that Jack uses to tap out his mad loop of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”, “That was Stanley’s typewriter,” he said. And what credit does he get? “Part of what I did during that trip to the U.S. in 1975 was shoot larders in hotels,” said Mr. Vitali, using the British word for pantries. Vitali was, among other things, a casting director, an acting coach, and personally responsible for the most chilling moment in The Shining. For even more, visit our Family Entertainment Guide. What looks to many of the Shinologists in “Room 237” like the result of careful planning is often mere happenstance. Likewise, the cans of Calumet baking powder seen in the Overlook pantry were chosen not because they featured an American Indian in headdress, thus highlighting Kubrick’s interest in the plight of the American Indian, but because they had bright, bold colors. Leon Vitali, Kubrick's right-hand. In the film, the words "fashion designer Leon Vitali" appear in a newspaper article that Tom Cruise's character reads.