|Title:||They'll Love Me When I'm Dead|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Twenty Feet from Stardom
|12.20.18||Netflix|| THIS is the story of Orson Welles' last film. Not to spoil anything but the very end of this film summarizes my feelings exactly. This is a great doc that explores both the conception and details of shooting and trying to finish The Other Side of the Wind but also Welles' late career and life in general. While I bet a similar feature-length documentary could be made (and just as interesting) for each of Welles' projects, that doesn't diminish the quality of this one.|
Unfortunately, I feel like I've written out all my thoughts on the film in the previous two entries, so I'm left with not much to say about this other than it was very good, I enjoyed it very much, and I'm glad I watched them in the order that I did. Had I seen this first, I'm not sure I would've sat through the film itself and even if I did, I'm sure my reception of the film would be skewed by all the stuff talked about in this doc.
There's a hell of a lot of Peter Bogdanovich in all three of these things, both as a young man acting and an old man giving interviews about the film. I'm not sure if I'd started this journal when I first explored Bogdanovich's oeuvre and was reading his excellent interview books but I feel like my opinion of the guy has been quite a roller coaster over the course of the last fifteen or so years. The quality of his early work and writing, counterbalanced by Easy Riders Raging Bulls and hearing other more personal stories from those who've had interactions with him, re-balanced again by his recent work and seeing him in stuff like this basically trading on his stories with more famous people but also humbled by life... I know he's just a guy who has good traits and bad like anyone else, but in some ways I feel like the maturation of my own tastes in film has been reflected in my feelings toward him. For a while I was a total fan, then rebelled, and now I take him on his own terms and limitations. I guess you could say the same of Orson Welles and his work. Can't argue with Citizen Kane, love F for Fake, but there's also stuff like The Other Side of the Wind.