When we talked about Grey Gardens we discussed whether or not it was exploitative to make a documentary by just pointing the camera at people who are self-deluded to the point of insanity.
Is it still exploitative if that self-deluded person is also a murderous dictator?
Barbet Schroder's 1974 documentary on Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada seems to have mostly been directed by the General himself, which led to the subtitle "A Self Portrait". But in editing and narration Barbet makes sure we know that this international punchline -- his time's Kim Jong-un in so many ways -- was a murderous madman, a hilarious murderous madman.
We talk the film and the man on this week's Lost in Criterion.