Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.
Glen Campbell performs in 2012 during what would become his final tour.
I’ll Be Me
Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits, died today at age 81. To help honor and remember him, we are reposting a review of the I’ll Be Me documentary that screened April 25, 2014, at South Coast Village in Santa Ana as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival.
A great film can force a whole range of emotions to sweep over a viewer by the time the end credits roll. I’ll Be Me, a documentary on the heartbreaking decline of country music superstar Glen Campbell, certainly did that to me and not only because someone near and dear to me died while suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Directed by James Keach, who despite 27 directing credits I’ll forever remember as the cop who pulls Clark Griswold over in National Lampoon’s Vacation, I’ll Be Me will have you laughing, sniffing, feeling sympathetic, feeling disgusted and above all else moved.
It begins with Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woollen, looking at home movies. He struggles to put names to the faces of his own children, and does not even know one lady was Billie Jean Nunley, his second wife and the mother of three of his eight children.
I’ll Be Me, which makes its West Coast premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival this evening, made its world premiere earlier this month at the Nashville Film Festival, just days after Woollen moved Campbell into an Alzheimer’s care facility in town “for his own safety.”
That’s no surprise given what you see during the days before, during and after what would become Campbell’s farewell…
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