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Thursday, 21 May 2009

The Other Side of the Wind - Orson Welles unfinished film

The Other Side of the Wind was directed by Orson Welles and starring John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar. The film features Huston as an aging Hollywood director modeled on Ernest Hemingway, who is trying to make a hip with it film in the early seventies that is laden with sex and violence to revive his flagging career.

By 1979, 40 minutes of the film had been edited by Welles, but then through various legal and money problems it all got put on hold. Then Welles died in 1985, yet he left notes as to how the film should be put together.

Over the years various release dates have been announced and postponed.

Most recently Bogdanovich commented that “It’s going to happen in the next month or so. We’re aiming for Cannes (in 2010). Everybody wants it to happen. It’s film history. It will be something for it to finally be seen after all these years.”

We shall have to wait and see.

Here is some footage from the film.

Will it be worth the wait? Are you a fan of Welles and in particular Citizen Kane?

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.