S is for Stanley
Emilio D’Alessandro, Janette Woolmore, Alex Infascelli, Roberto Pedicini, Clive Riche
HD - colour
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S Is For Stanley is the story of Emilio D’Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick’s personal driver. A Friendship that lasted through 30 years of their lives, helped create four cinema masterpieces, and brought together two apparently opposite people, that found their ideal journey companion far away from their homes.
I first heard of Emilio D’Alessandro during an interview with Kubrick’s wife in their house near London. When I read his life story I was so blown away that I decided I was going to be the one to put it to film. It’s been a beautiful journey that has gotten me very close to the incredible personalities of two men: one of which I thought I knew everything, only to discover I did not know a single thing, the other of which I didn’t know a thing but has left me speechless with his amazing anedoctes. Confronting a giant like Kubrick has been very frightening at the beginning; as i got deeper and deeper I was scared I would spot Stanley in his underwear! But it did not happpen: the grace and dignity with which Emilio recounters those years next to Stanley is moving and gives us the idea of the degree of closeness the two of them had reached. As a director I decided to limit myself and be sort of a ‘wine decanter’, enhancing the true and full taste of this amazing story. There is one thng I am sure of: after seeing this documentary, watching a Kubrick film will never be the same.