They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is an essential documentary to understand who Orson Welles was, his importance to the cinema and why his last film, which he left unfinished, is so essential for modern cinema (watch here).
As we all know, Netflix has bought the rights to this feature that he did not finish, called “The Other Side of the Wind”, and it finished it – and considering the world critics acclaim that the work has been receiving, it is sensational that we can now understand how was the odyssey that the director had to face in order to be able to film it.
Orson Welles is considered one of the greatest film directors of all time. And if he were to watch his actual output, he made few films as a director. But all those who bear their mark are unmistakable, both for the brave stories for the time and for the direction that exhaustively sought new forms of cinematic language. His films today are considered classics par excellence, precisely because of his quest for innovation.
In producing “The Other Side of the Wind”, Welles wanted to make his film definitive. It was he who practically invented the genre of “alternative films” by always looking for ways to make his movies without depending on the Hollywood scheme he so detested for its lack of freedom. With his latest work, he wanted to leave a legacy: a narrative that would blend all genres into a single feature, ranging from documentary to drama, from comedy to suspense without rising from the chair. In They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead we can see his determination to film his way, keeping his vision even when the funding disappears and he needs to shell out money from his own pocket to pay for filming. For Welles, creative freedom was the most important thing.
So, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is a must for all moviegoers and people who like to see how this art can change lives, as well as telling a little bit about this forgotten genius that was Welles. Incidentally, the title of this documentary could not be more pertinent: in one of his last TV interviews, he said that he would only be loved when he died. After more than 30 years since his death, he has once again proved visionary.
Synopsis 1: He planned to make a masterpiece, but instead created years of chaos. Step onto the set of a cinematic genius.
Synopsis 2: Actors, crew members and others who were there discuss the tumultuous creation of Orson Welles’s final, unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind”.