They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

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netflix

A bold documentary on the highly controversial yet undeniably genius Orson Welles in his last production

7.8

Movie

United States of America
Croatian, English, French
Documentary, Drama
2018
MORGAN NEVILLE
Alan Cumming, Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cameron Mitchell
98 min

What it's about

As his life comes to its end, famous Hollywood director Orson Welles puts it all on the line at the chance for renewed success with the film The Other Side of the Wind.

The take

It’s bold to make a film about a legendary icon of cinema, but it’s even bolder to make one about Orson Welles. Best known for making Citizen Kane (universally agreed upon as one of the best movies ever made), Orson Welles is the renegade filmmaker whose works and techniques form the foundation of modern narrative filmmaking today. In his eyes, he asserts that the best films are made by accident. However, armed with archival footage and interviews with those closest to Welles, director Morgan Neville dares to question one of cinema’s biggest geniuses by examining the production of his last unfinished film, the Hollywood satire The Other Side of the Wind. While Welles was undeniably genius - able to inscrutably visualize a film without scripts - it’s easy to see how his tendency to stoke conflict for art could be so self-destructive. This film presents Welles as he is - both a cinema maverick and also an overly demanding artistic tyrant.

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