Colour Me Kubrick


Reviewed by: Chris

Colour Me Kubrick
"John Malkovich at his most endearingly camp."

Something of a labour of love, Colour Me Kubrick is a short biopic of con-man Alan Conway who successfully posed as Stanley Kubrick during the director's lifetime.

Played by John Malkovich at his most endearingly camp, Conway charms the socks, money and underpants from a string of wealthy suckers and young gay men. A master of his game, he gets people to write large cheques to cover fictitious donations to charity dinners as readily as conning twenty quid off a rock band to buy them (and him) fags and alcohol.

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Wildly exuberant and certainly colourful, the film is well directed and acted. Its main shortcomings are two fold. The plot, such as it is, comprises a series of extended sketches until Conway's eventual apprehension, which gives it an air of repetitiveness. Secondly, although Malkovich's intensely colourful campness is a remarkable achievement, he stage centres in practically every scene and if you cannot fall completely in love with it, his effeminate preening eventually can look dated and rather irritating.

Colour Me Kubrick is a traditional camp comedy with lots of cross-references for film fans. If you enjoy the first five minutes you will love it; otherwise, it may have you climbing the walls.

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2006
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A biopic of a man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick.
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Director: Brian W. Cook

Writer: Anthony Frewin

Starring: John Malkovich, Richard E Grant, Jim Davidson, Luke Mably

Year: 2005

Runtime: 87 minutes

Country: UK, France


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