They’ll Love Me When I’m DeadKen Eisner
Watch this comprehensive doc before plunging into The Other Side of the Wind. Assembled by Morgan Neville (who also directed Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), it’s a useful overview of the Great Man’s long, frequently frustrated career as actor and filmmaker, and a reconstruction of what went into his magnum opus. Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, and many other survivors explain how the whole mess went down, and didn’t -- thanks to the Iranian Revolution and many other outside intrusions. Oddly, the bits with Alan Cumming as tour guide don’t quite work.
Paired with the release of Welles’ coulda-been-a-classic, this documentary follows The Other Side of the Wind’s winding road to the screen, charting the final 15 years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles. Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) directs.
A briskly entertaining romp through a director's exile period that shows the flights of creativity and madness someone without limits can get up to.