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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

R | | Drama | 2 November 2018 (USA)
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A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

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Orson Welles
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Huston ... Jake Hannaford
Oja Kodar ... The Actress
Peter Bogdanovich ... Brooks Otterlake
Susan Strasberg ... Julie Rich
Norman Foster ... Billy Boyle
Robert Random ... John Dale (as Bob Random)
Lilli Palmer ... Zarah Valeska
Edmond O'Brien ... Pat Mullins
Mercedes McCambridge ... Maggie Noonan
Cameron Mitchell ... Zimmer
Paul Stewart ... Matt Costello
Gregory Sierra ... Jack Simon
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... The Baron
Dan Tobin ... Dr. Burroughs
John Carroll ... Lou Martin
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A famed, and infamous, movie director, JJ Hannaford, dies in a car accident. He was about to release his latest movie and a documentary camera crew had been following him around in the days preceding his death. We see the events leading up to his death, the careers Hannaford destroyed, the enemies he made and his last film, The Other Side of the Wind. Written by grantss

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40 Years in the Making. His Final Film. See more »

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2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The opening voiceover was originally scripted to be read by Orson Welles, but he never recorded it. The producers considered cutting the sequence, but concluded it contained information the audience needed. It was Peter Bogdanovich's idea that he record a version of the voiceover in character as Brooks Otterlake. See more »

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Brooks Otterlake: [voice-over] That's the car, what was left of it after the accident. If it was an accident.
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A "special thanks for supporting our crowdfunding campaign" near the end of the credits includes multiple well-known film directors, including Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Brett Ratner, J.J. Abrams, and Sofia Coppola. See more »

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Free As You Wanna Be
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Review of Welles's Netflix-acquired Other Side of the Wind
4 November 2018 | by cultfilmfreaksdotcomSee all my reviews

The anticipated Orson Welles film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND is two pictures in one...

The first is a pseudo documentary using multiple cameras centered on veteran director Jack Hannaford, played by John Huston, at an all-night anti-wrap party where people are coming and going around a jump-cut patchwork of color and mostly black-and-white footage...

Much like Orson's buddy, Henry Jaglom's decades-later SOMEONE TO LOVE, which was the last movie Welles appeared in (playing himself but without his name being mentioned) and George Lucas's low-budget masterpiece, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, it's a dusk-to-dawn experience, and in this case, the two-hour run time can often feel like eternity...

With guests that include an uptight critic played by Susan Strasberg; Mercury Theater's JOURNEY INTO FEAR director Norman Foster with actor Paul Stewart providing color commentary; Gregory Sierra as a high-strung mainstream filmmaker; a strung-out Dennis Hopper as himself...

And as Welles's real life friend and collaborator Peter Bogdanovich converses with Huston, it's unfortunate that they share the most important scenes being ultimately the most uninteresting characters: an old mentor and his young protege...

From TARGETS to SAINT JACK, Bogdanovich always loved to act. And while he was relaxed in front of the camera, he wasn't entirely convincing or all that... interesting...

On the other hand, Orson's real life girlfriend, Oja Kodar, is extremely interesting - by her exotic and intoxicating looks alone. As is Hannaford's young leading man, John Dale played by long-haired "he looks like a girl" pretty boy Robert Random...

For a hardcore Welles buff, the shoddy F FOR FAKE style fake-documentary feels more collected and edited than directed...

Making the unfinished, avant-gard film-within-the-film, being viewed either in a projection room, projected at the party or later at a drive-in theater, the best example of how the CITIZEN KANE auteur would have played-out in the early post-1960's/1970's, and it's actually titled THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, in which the male and female beauties wander around, mostly naked, through ZABRISKIE POINT inspired desert terrain; what looks like the ruins of broken down homes, apartment buildings, bombed-out movie sets casting splintered shadows; ride in a car having wild sex; or hanging-out at a noisy psychedelic night club...

Lit by exploitation cinematographer Gary Graver, shots of the counter-culture Adam and Eve crisscrossing each other while doors open and close around them - while no THE TRIAL or TOUCH OF EVIL - displays Welles's style in flowing motion. And is far more mesmerizing to simply sit and space-out on than the documented, jazz-soaked party is to intentionally and pretentiously suffer through.

"Who knows," Huston's Jake Hannaford states at the end of the picture. "Maybe you can stare too much at something," Which won't be a problem with THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. Unlike most of Welles's work, it's not the kind of experience to have to (or be able to) experience again.


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