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Though Orson Welles’ final film, The Other Side of the Wind, already premiered last month at the Venice Film Festival, the famed director still has one final curtain call in the form of a Netflix documentary chronicling the making of his last motion picture.
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead offers viewers a glimpse of behind-the-scenes moments from the set of The Other Side of the Wind, as well as interviews with Welles’ friends and colleagues, to paint a picture of the filmmaker in his final days.
In the trailer for the doc, released Monday, interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Steve Ecclesine, R. Michael Stringer, Larry Jackson, Neil Canton, Joseph McBride and more are teased.
The trailer also includes multiple soundbites from the outspoken figure himself as he muses about the film and his profession. “No, certainly not,” Welles replies when asked if Citizen Kane is the best film ever made. “My next one is, though.”
The remainder of the trailer is a flurry of audio and video clips of Welles and his contemporaries filling out his evolving reputation as a figure and filmmaker. Overall, the doc tells the story of a director desperate to rejuvenate his career with one last movie — and the plot’s parallels with Welles’ own professional life don’t go unnoticed by the trailer’s interviewees.
“Everybody will think it’s autobiographical,” Welles’ voiceover plays. “But it’s not.”
Following its debut earlier this month at the Telluride Film Festival, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is set to bow Nov. 2 on Netflix.
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