The Documentary Film Weblog points to an intriguing “aborted” documentary project, The Movie Movie, by director Errol Morris:
The Movie Movie, an aborted project, is based on the idea of taking Donald Trump, Mikhail Gorbachev and others and putting them in the movies they most admire. Isn’t it possible that in an alternative universe Donald Trump actually starred in Citizen Kane?
Morris’ website includes footage of an interview with Donald Trump, in which the The Donald discusses what Citizen Kane means to him. I think the project could have been a fascinating one, and future installments promise Gorbachev talking about his love for Tarkovsky’s The Mirror and Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, but also love the idea of Morris devoting a section of his website to “aborted projects,” documentaries that, for whatever reason, never reached completion. I’m tempted to think, in fact, that these aborted projects might say as much about teh filmmaker as the documentary films he actually finishes. And, of course, documentaries themselves often change directions in the course of filming, as is the case with Morris’ wonderfully good film, The Thin Blue Line.
Digging around on Morris’ website, I see that he also has an essay/rant on William Faulkner’s rather celebrated Nobel Prize Address. I’ve always been partial to Faulkner; his Nobel Address never ceases to provoke my thinking, and Morris’ comments illustrate the ways in which Faulkner’s comments remain timely nearly fifty years after they were first spoken (or whispered as the story goes–MP3 of address available here).