The final movie by the legendary director of “Citizen Kane” hits theaters today after almost 50 years in post-production. Some 33 years after the death of Orson Welles, his “The Other Side of the Wind” has been completed and is being released by Netflix.
The project, which had its world premiere back in August at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, begins a limited run today in selected theaters in New York and Los Angeles before it streams on Netflix.
The New York Post reports that the films long journey to the screen was “thwarted by a lack of funding, bitter legal disputes and technological constraints.”
“The movie that Welles, the man behind ‘Citizen Kane,’ believed would be a masterpiece was nearly lost to history,” The Post reports, adding: “The film was completed thanks to decades of persistence by Peter Bogdanovich, who acted in the movie, and producer Frank Marshall (‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’), who was production manager on the ‘Wind’ set.”
The report quotes Marshall, 72, saying: “The thing I’m really proud of is that we didn’t shoot anything. For better or for worse, it’s Orson’s work.”
Here’s a trailer …