Of the many films screening at this year's Venice Film Festival, Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind has to be one of the most intriguing: started in 1970, never finished and basically abandoned before ultimately being completed over thirty years after Welles' death thanks to the continued efforts of Peter Bogdanovich and producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza, it's no exaggeration to say that The Other Side of The Wind is a movie nearly fifty years in the making.
And now there's a trailer for it.
So, looks like The Other Side of The Wind is a bit of a satire, a bit of a time capsule into 1970's Hollywood. Given the cast and the creative team behind the picture, that makes it a must-see, but one can't help but wonder if the incredible story surrounding this film's journey to the screen won't end up overshadowing the film itself.
As quoted by The Playlist, here's the description of the film as offered by the Venice Film Festival:
"In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles began filming what would ultimately be his final cinematic opus with a cast of luminaries that included John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. Beset by financial issues, the production ultimately stretched to 1976 and soon gained industry-wide notoriety, never to be completed or released. More than a thousand reels of film languished in a Paris vault until March 2017, when producers Frank Marshall (who served as a production manager on Wind during in its initial shooting) and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have Welles’s vision completed more than 30 years after his death. Featuring a new score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and assembled by a technical team including Oscar- winning editor Bob Murawski, The Other Side of the Wind tells the story of famed filmmaker J.J. “Jake” Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie. A satire of the classic studio system as well as the new establishment who were shaking things up at the time, Welles’s final film is both a fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking as well as the long-awaited “new” work from an indisputable master of his craft."
Whatever the case may be, we're very curious to see what The Other Side of The Wind looks like in action...which, by the way, we're all gonna get a chance to do: this is a Netflix jam, which means that it's enjoying a premiere in Venice (and, reportedly, a screening at Telluride) before getting a limited theatrical release. After that, you'll be able to find the film on Netflix come November 2nd.
Look, they've made a poster for it and everything!
This is film history, folks. Truly incredible to see this project completed after all these years, and oddly surreal to imagine that most people will end up viewing Welles' final film via a streaming service.
What do you make of all this? Excited? Disinterested? More compelled by the goings-on behind the scenes than you are the film itself? We're curious where the BMD readership stands on this one, so hit the comments below to share your thoughts.
The Other Side of The Wind hits Netflix on Nov. 2nd.