They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

2018

They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

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Critic Consensus: They'll Love Me When I'm Dead opens an entertaining window into the creative process - and late-period professional travails - of a brilliant filmmaker.

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They'll Love Me When I'm Dead tells the story of legendary director Orson Welles at the end of his career. He was no longer the "Wonder Boy" flush with success from Citizen Kane, but an aging artist in exile whose luck had run out. "The Other Side of the Wind" was the feature film meant to be his Hollywood comeback vehicle. For over six years he struggled to complete it, filming whenever he could make enough money from acting gigs and commercial appearances. In 1985 it all ended. The film remained unfinished upon his death, and stayed locked in a vault for almost four decades. Comprised of never-before-seen footage from Welles and original interviews with cast and crew, the documentary, like Orson's work, is a dense story of betrayal made up of many fragments of high and low culture.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

With this documentary, Morgan Neville has made a movie about Orson Welles that would have transfixed the great master himself.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[Not] just a companion piece to The Other Side of the Wind. As it turns out, bearing Welles's words in mind, it becomes almost a meta version of Welles's movie. I would like to think that the great magician himself would have approved.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The movie can't help but portray [Welles] as an inspired and inspiring figure.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The impeccably assembled production employs Neville's virtuoso touch to provocative effect.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…
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Instead of exploring or deconstructing [Welles'] genius, Neville seems interested in putting it into tidy boxes.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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