Thursday, October 25, 2018

Orson Welles- "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead"

"They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" is the new documentary feature, directed by Morgan Neville, revolving around the making and filming of "The Other Side of the Wind", directed by Orson Welles ("Citizen Kane"), streaming exclusively on Netflix November 2, 2018:

"...'They'll Love Me When I'm Dead', takes its name from a sarcastic comment Welles made to Peter Bogdanovich, following Welles' return to the U.S. in the early 1970's to shoot his ill-fated Hollywood comeback film. The documentary concludes with his death in October 1985..."

"Welles is the protagonist of my documentary," said Neville. " is so autobiographical, even though he said it was not..."

"The Other Side of the Wind" (1976) written/directed by Welles, was recently restored for a theatrical run, starring John Huston, Robert Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Oja Kodar:

"...'The Other Side of The Wind', covers the 70th birthday party of movie director 'Jake Hannaford' (Huston), struggling to make a commercial comeback. It opens with Hannaford's death just after the party, then focuses on the night before his death. 

"Extracts of Hannaford's daring new film-within-a-film, 'The Other Side of the Wind' is explored while the audience realizes he is a far more complex character than he seems, harboring several big secrets..."

Welles' original six-year shoot was plagued by difficulties with production, finance and casting, as well as complex legal problems that led to the negative being impounded and the film left unfinished for over 40 years. 

Welles had intended the film to serve as his comeback picture, heralding his return to the US after 25 years, working mainly in Europe, but the film's legal problems compounded and the film remained unfinished at the time of Welles' death in 1985.

The film was shot in a variety of different styles—color, black-and-white, still photography, 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film, intercut in a collage of styles.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" plus "The Other Side of the Wind"...