Posted Oct 08 2018

LFF 2018 Preview - They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

Dir:Morgan Neville

Starring Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, John Huston, Oja Kodar

Curiously, the LFF has booked this doc about Orson Welles’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind, and not the recently completed film itself. (Not to worry, both are due on Netflix later this month.)

Either way, Neville’s film stands well on its own, providing a fascinating look at the latter stages of Welles’ once glorious career as a whole. Mixing a vast amount of archive footage, with talking heads (Peter Bogdanovich, Henry Jaglom, Rich Little, Frank Marshall and many more) with plenty of footage from the (then) incomplete movie itself (starring fellow director John Huston), a portrait emerges of a maverick independent filmmaker, long fallen foul of Hollywood, wrestling with his own considerable legend and his inability to finance the films he still wanted to make.

It verges from being moving, often funny and on many levels quite quietly tragic, but throughout, through its judicious use of archive material, Welles emerges as the larger than life figure he always aimed to project, the magic, the illusion that may not have been the real man.

Most curiously, the on/off screen narrator Alan Cumming appears to be following this notion. No idea who the “character” Cumming is playing here is, but it most definitely isn’t Alan Cumming. F Is For Fake, indeed.

They'll Love Me When I'm Dead plays the LFF on 11, 12 & 13 October

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