THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND
Set at his 70th birthday party on what would be the final day of his life, renowned yet struggling director J.J. “Jake” Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to make his triumphant comeback film.
Following a long self-exile, legendary director Orson Welles returned home to the United States in 1970 to begin work on what would prove to be his final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. Crafted to be a biting satire of the classic studio system as well as the new establishment of filmmakers who were working to shake things up at the time, and populating the cast with film luminaries including famed director John Huston, former protégé Peter Bogdanovich, and Susan Strasberg, often playing thinly veiled versions or archetypes of then present day film professionals, Welles believed THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND would be his next and quite possibly greatest masterpiece. The production of the film, however, was troubled from the start. Beset by financial issues, a continually changing script and shifting cast, production stretched into 1976. Welles continued work on the film over the next decade, over which time Welles lost control of the film to his financiers, with the reels locked in a Paris Vault. Rescued in March of 2017, producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza worked to realize Welles’ vision, more than 30 years after his death. Now nearly 50 years after production began, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND has arrived, in part as a thematic bookend to Orson Welles first masterpiece CITIZEN KANE, and as an incredibly fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking.
CAST: John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Robert Random
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