Welles is the sort of raconteur who takes so much actorly relish in telling a true story that you have to wonder how much is bullshit. But Filming Othello, his last finished feature, is many things: a gold mine of scrappy anecdotes, a study of how actors explore characters, a record of the artist interacting with his audience, and a perfectly heartbreaking coda to a career where, even now, we're hanging on for more.
Not as inventive or visually clever as F for Fake, but fascinating and entertaining nonetheless. I, too, could listen to Welles read the phone book for hours and not get bored. And it made me almost wish I was still an English teacher because I learned so much about a play I used to teach regularly.
A minor delight in the Orson Welles canon. I could listen to him speak for hours and hours. Watching this is fun in itself and adds to my appreciation of 'Othello'. If only he had lived to complete 'Filming The Trial'. I would have also loved to have seen him do a 'Filming Chimes at Midnight'.