HBO releases the trailer for “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind,” a documentary on the personal life of the late actress, Natalie Wood.
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival in January, the documentary looks at Wood’s fame, with home videos, diaries, and interviews with those who knew her best. Laurent Bouzereau (“They Came Back”) is directing.
“There’s been so much focus on how she died that it’s overshadowed who she was as a person,” says Natasha Gregson Wagner, Wood’s daughter. Her drowning death at the age of 43 remains a gestating topic of mystery.
Although once named a “person of interest” in Wood’s death, former husband Robert Wagner appears in the trailer. The documentary includes appearances from Courtney Brooke Wagner, Mia Farrow, Robert Redford, Mart Crowley and Elliot Gould.
The official documentary synopsis:
The greatest roles of her life were behind the scenes. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind is an intimate portrait of actor Natalie Wood’s life and career, told through the eyes of her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner and others who knew her best. The film celebrates the woman behind the iconic imagery and explores the compelling details of Wood’s personal life and illustrious career that often overshadow her tragic death.
In a Sundance interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gregson Wagner says she feels like a mother to her mother’s legacy. She details how the documentary is an anecdote to her grief. Since having her daughter in 2006, Gregson Wagner explains how it brought newfound responsibility and healing to her life. “…the love I felt for Clover [her daughter] reminded me of the love I knew from my mom,” she says.
Woods’ feature film roles include “Splendor in the Grass,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “From Here to Eternity” “Inside Daisy Clover” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” In 1961, she starred in Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s iconic “West Side Story,” a film that holds a total of 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Wood is a three-time Oscar nominee, recognized for her roles in “Love With a Proper Stranger,” “Splendor in the Grass” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”
“Natalie Woods: What Remains Behind” premieres on HBO May 5. Amblin Television and HBO Documentary Films are producing.
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