The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

The last film from Orson Welles, 40 years in the making, is finally complete thanks largely to Netflix. It will release on the streaming service alongside a documentary on Welles, They'll Love Me When I'm Dead.

In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles 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.

2018USA, France, Iran
Drama
83%
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Variety

Variety

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An eccentric, rather choppy, but highly watchable movie, and Orson Welles is quite alive in it. You can feel the intensity of his DNA in its sinister atmosphere of garish noir depravity.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Magic loomed large in the imagination of Orson Welles, and here is the maestro's final trick: a flabbergasting curveball tossed from beyond the grave, with a Harry Lime-sized smirk.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Whatever its flaws, it is an enthralling portrait and a study of work destined always to be in progress.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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What can be said with certainty is that this version of Wind is perplexing, sometimes exhausting but never less than fascinating.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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What to call this Hollywood takedown from Orson Welles, besides the best 1970's movie to be released in the 21st century? It's also chaotic and jumbled and strictly for those who care about the history of film and its indispensable master builder.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"The Other Side of the Wind" increasingly comes to resemble a shattered cinematic hall of mirrors.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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From this perspective, it well surpasses what was widely thought to be possible and in no way feels like a transgression or a betrayal. Which is saying a lot.

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Variety

Variety

press

An eccentric, rather choppy, but highly watchable movie, and Orson Welles is quite alive in it. You can feel the intensity of his DNA in its sinister atmosphere of garish noir depravity.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Magic loomed large in the imagination of Orson Welles, and here is the maestro's final trick: a flabbergasting curveball tossed from beyond the grave, with a Harry Lime-sized smirk.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Whatever its flaws, it is an enthralling portrait and a study of work destined always to be in progress.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

What can be said with certainty is that this version of Wind is perplexing, sometimes exhausting but never less than fascinating.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What to call this Hollywood takedown from Orson Welles, besides the best 1970's movie to be released in the 21st century? It's also chaotic and jumbled and strictly for those who care about the history of film and its indispensable master builder.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"The Other Side of the Wind" increasingly comes to resemble a shattered cinematic hall of mirrors.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

From this perspective, it well surpasses what was widely thought to be possible and in no way feels like a transgression or a betrayal. Which is saying a lot.

0

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