It’s All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles (1993)

This fascinating documentary pays tribute to film genius Orson Welles, thanks to the three men listed as directors of the film, the late Richard Wilson (who had worked with Welles), Bill Krohn, and Myron Meisel. Welles was busy, after making his masterful Citizen Kane, editing The Magnificent Ambersons as well as starring in Journey into Fear. …

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood  (2017)

Unrated. Running time: 1 hour 38 min. I have ambivalent feelings about Matt Tymauer’s documentary film, based on Scotty Bower’s tell-all book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. This is certainly different from his previous film about the Manhattan urban activist Jane Jacobs, Citizen Jane: Battle for …

Five Came Back (2017)

Stories of 5 Hollywood directors who volunteered to film WW 2 & how the war changed them & their films changed the world, told by 5 contemporary directors.

La La Land (2016)

In this ironically titled musical an aspiring actress & a would-be jazz pianist meet in Hollywood, fall in love, but find that success brings unexpected results–for themselves & for the audience.