They’ll Love me when I’m dead

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The story of Orson Welles’ last great film, The other side of the wind.

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Orson Welles is one of my favorite artists of the 20th Century. I am of the cult that praises Citizen Kane as one of, if not the greatest, films ever made. The other side of the wind is his unfinished masterpiece, supposedly. He filmed it over several years in the 1970’s and it has been locked away for decades. Using archival footage, and scenes from the actual film, Netflix has produced a documentary chronicling the production of the last Orson Welles picture, released concurrently to this documentary.

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Those involved, and their children, give interviews of the experience of making the film, and their feelings on Welles. Alan Cumming, one of my favorite actors, serves as narrator of the film. Now that I have seen this, I am working up the nerve to watch the actual film. I find myself unusually apprehensive about it. The last “new” Orson Welles film, released 33 years after his death. John Huston in his last, released, film as an actor.  I may let this one stew a week or two.

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