It's mostly fantastic and harrowing - the stuff on Geimer reads as him letting himself off the hook maybe - or at least this board would take it that way (um) - the Sharon Tate stuff is heartbreaking ........well worth a read........it's amazing how much stuff happened to him after he wrote this btw
Definitely if you have any fascination with his work, his life. It's one of the best filmmaker memoirs I've read..... very well-written, flowing with detail..... I like the Lodz school section a lot, really the whole book stuns bc the major events are frequent and he crosses paths with so many legendary people and cultural shifts. There are many stories in there I've never heard before.... like Coppola almost distributing Tess, but wanting to reshoot and cut the opening scenes etc! Also there's a lot about him as an actor....
It's actually framed in that way, backstage, as he's about to enter as Mozart in Amadeus, realizing he recognizes faces in the audience and it takes him back. I'm sure it's no accident he positions himself as the actor looking back at his life - with all the different "roles" he's played. I think it was that Charlie Rose interview, he says his big regret is not acting more - Rose scoffs "That's silly" and doesn't realize he means it!
He's very candid.... maybe admits too much even! Good read near The Big Goodbye (2020) which is a bigger deep-dive into the California period.