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They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

Released Nov 2, 2018 1h 38m Documentary List
92% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 82% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
In the final 15 years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on the film "The Other Side of the Wind." Read More Read Less
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They'll Love Me When I'm Dead opens an entertaining window into the creative process - and late-period professional travails - of a brilliant filmmaker.

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Bilge Ebiri New York Magazine/Vulture With this documentary, Morgan Neville has made a movie about Orson Welles that would have transfixed the great master himself. Nov 9, 2018 Full Review Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor [Not] just a companion piece to The Other Side of the Wind. As it turns out, bearing Welles's words in mind, it becomes almost a meta version of Welles's movie. I would like to think that the great magician himself would have approved. Rated: A- Nov 5, 2018 Full Review Glenn Kenny The movie can't help but portray [Welles] as an inspired and inspiring figure. Rated: 3/4 Nov 2, 2018 Full Review Calum Cooper Source (Scotland) Combine this with insightful interviews and joyful narration from Alan Cumming, and we get quite the look into Welles’ psyche, turning the documentary from light-hearted to somewhat tragic. Rated: 3/5 Jul 14, 2024 Full Review Taylor Baker Drink in the Movies Episode 18: The Danse Macabre Rated: 72/100 Sep 3, 2021 Full Review Glenn Dunks The Film Experience ...awash in wonderful archive footage from the later years of his life as he went about the elongated production of [The Other Side of the] Wind Rated: B+ Apr 26, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Scott W Great stuff . Will check out the movie . Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review Kyle M When Orson Welles comes to mind, he's identified as the auteur behind "Citizen Kane", praised debatably the greatest movie of all time according to some ranks but out of modest respect is considerably one of the greatest. According to the documentary titled after his proclamation "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead", released as complementary to his final film "The Other Side of the Wind", it became his curse. The documentary focuses on the final fifteen years of his life when hoping to put it to rest with not just a comeback in Hollywood but closure to the cinematic achievement he perfected then. He started making the aforementioned film in 1970 with principal photography finished in 1976, but complications prevented him from ever finishing it. Welles passed away in 1985, but those closest to him made a promise to bring his final vision to life. After 48 years of production, "The Other Side of the Wind" finally gets unveiled. The documentary functions routinely but also rather briefly when structuring the portrait of who Orson Welles was. Director Morgan Neville ("Won't You Be My Neighbor?") has taken the initiatives in following after the formerly-unfinished film with accounts going over the decades-long process of finalizing it, especially executive producer Peter Bogdanovich who had a major role in reviving Welles' career through his writings whilst becoming a lifelong friend. We're given minimal biographical details of Welles' beginning, but mainly focus on those fifteen years and what thoughtful insights came up during that period. Frankly, his previous milestones deserved their own sole focus per pre-acknowledged.ds on. Considering the project was his last as a filmed whole, Welles' complex stature gets further reflected and better grasped by personally connective parallels as he strived for artistic perfections. The performatively-committed "Other Side of the Wind" starred John Huston, who frequently directed Welles as their collaboration came full circle, as a legendary but jaded Hollywood director at a media-swamped party celebrating his 70th birthday, screening his avant-garde film-in-progress. He's met with admirers and given unsettling questions about his cast, who appears silent across exploitive expressionism without a solid direction. Set as a comeback and settled as a closure to his "Citizen Kane" expectations, which is inferior but narratively comparable by modernized focus, Welles embraced the artistic state the cinema was going towards in the 70s with a mixed reception by acculturation, but the coordinated cinematography is traced with his signature. From watching "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" prior as it persuaded to turn the viewing into a double feature and gaining the insightful retrospective, it's personally underlined as he saw himself through Huston's character layered with satirical appreciation towards the director who boosted his career. Both films were released concurrently and proved a worthy double feature clocking around 3.5 hours. If you start with the documentary, you'll be prepped with prerequisite knowledge by enhanced understanding behind Welles' complex stature and the complications he faced that are sporadically occurring in the film industry today. It's also a successful capture of his human side that solidifies the imagery buildup Neville focused on. If you start with the filmic narration, the viewing will make the documentary what it actually is: a lengthy featurette you'd access amid home media's accompaniment to learn more about the history behind the picture. Either way's equally effective, and it helps appreciate Orson Welles' craft even more over what he values, especially the spiritual connections he made with his pictures as reference commentary he profoundly relates to. Film study mainly links Orson Welles to nurtured cinema enthusiasts discovering his prominence towards the form, and the rightly titled "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" feeds insight that furthers appreciation towards projected creativity – or/and mastery. (B+) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/23/23 Full Review luca d this film tells the last working period and not only of one of the directors who has most influenced Hollywood and cinema, and does so leaving the word to those who worked with Orson, to those who knew him and to Orson himself. it is a product that deserves to be seen, both to understand a director like Orson Welles, and to understand his impact on the world of film production Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/05/23 Full Review william k Fascinating report about the making and tragedy of a film never fully finished, in itself a cinematic odyssey, full of remarkable insights in the movie industry and the working style of Orson Welles, actually more interesting and suspenseful than the actual product, The Other Side of the Wind. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting, at times enlightening, insight into the circus that was Welles' life during his journey to have his final movie realised. That no one ever really knew his mind, is testament to his being a visionary first and a director second. Obviously, the movie didn't get finished, instead being left in financial difficulty, and chaos. Regardless of what happened, it's remarkable to hear that everyone still thought of him so highly Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review lucca b An entertaining and insightful exploration of the creative process of the lost film of one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the final 15 years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on the film "The Other Side of the Wind."
Morgan Neville
Josh Karp, Korelan Matteson, Morgan Neville, Filip Jan Rymsza
Production Co
Tremolo Productions, Netflix
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 2, 2018, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 2, 2018
1h 38m
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