At once a much deserved homage to a man who we, the film lovers, owe so much to, and a testament to the enduring power of filmmaking, Filmworker is a compelling portrait of subservience in the name of art. In a less literal sense, it’s also a sobering example of how our quest to find purpose and fulfillment can ultimately become a gateway into obsession and extremism.
Leon is an incredible personality with a rich, fascinating life. BUT the attempts to do "more" than just record Leon Vitali telling anecdotes FALL FLAT. It's NOT a song of praise for the industry's unsung heroes. Movie exists ONLY cuz of Leon's strange proximity to The Most Important Director of the 20th Century. Even as an interrogation into difficult friendships, not a lot of there there. Enjoyable but lacking.