'They'll Love Me When I'm Dead': Trailer debuts for Morgan Neville doc on Orson Welles' final unfinished film
Neville's film debuted at Venice Film Festival after it was bumped last minute from Cannes
Morgan Neville is following up his mega-hit documentary on Fred Rogers with a film on one of the greatest cultural figures of his time, the late Orson Welles.
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead documents the making of Welles' last film, The Other Side of the Wind, which the director began in 1970 but never finished. With financing from Netflix, producer Frank Marshall recently supervised completion of the Welles film at long last, and it debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. Neville's documentary also premiered there.
"They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is the untold final chapter of one of the greatest careers in film history: brilliant, innovative, defiant and unbowed," Netflix said in a statement. The documentary will begin streaming on Netflix November 2, coupled with a limited theatrical release.
In 1985, Welles died, leaving as his final testament the most famous unfinished movie in film history.
"Welles shot the picture guerrilla-style in chaotic circumstances with a devoted crew of young dreamers, all while struggling with financiers and fate... The negative stayed in a vault for decades - until now," Netflix said, adding the documentary includes "revelatory new insights from Welles collaborators including Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Oja Kodar and daughter Beatrice Welles."
The documentary originally was scheduled to premiere at Cannes, but after a dispute between Netflix and festival organizers, the streaming platform pulled both The Other Side of the Wind and Neville's doc from the lineup.
Netflix has released a new trailer for Neville's film. Watch it here:
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