A movie that legendary director Orson Welles began filming in 1970 but was unable to complete has now been completed. “The Other Side of the Wind” will premiere this weekend at the Venice Film Festival before being released in selected theaters and on Netflix on Nov. 2.
Here’s a synopsis, released today by Netflix:
“In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles (‘Citizen Kane’) began filming what would ultimately be his final cinematic opus with a cast of Hollywood luminaries including John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. Beset by financial issues, the production ultimately stretched years and gained notoriety, never to be completed or released. More than a thousand reels of film negatives languished in a Paris vault until March of 2017, when producers Frank Marshall (who served as Welles’s production manager during his initial shooting) and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have the film completed after over 40 years.
“Featuring a new score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and reassembled by a technical team including Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski, ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is Orson Welles’s vision fulfilled. It tells the story of grizzled director J.J. ‘Jake’ Hannaford (Huston), who returns to Los Angeles after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie. Both a satire of the classic studio system and the New Hollywood that was shaking things up, Welles’s last artistic testament is a fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking as well as the long-awaited ‘new’ work from an indisputable master.”
Here’s the trailer, released today …