For some, Orson Welles was the gold-standard of filmmaking. A contemplative storyteller and actor who dived deep into ambitious projects, but many times he never got to finish what he started due to financial issues or his own declining health. One such project was The Other Side of the Wind, a satire of both the studio system and New Hollywood that focuses on a film director named Jake Hannaford who returns to Los Angeles after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own comeback movie. A film that Welles both directed and co-wrote with Oja Kodar. Kodar also co-starred in the film.
Hannaford was played by the late, great John Huston, a friend of Welles. With such talent behind and in front of the camera, it was a tragedy that the film wasn’t finished in it’s time…until now. Nearly 50 years later, starting last March, Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have the film completed with the help of Netflix. Assembling Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski to, respectively, finish the score and editing, the completed film will make it’s debut at the 75th Venice Film Festival on Friday (August 31st) followed by a release in theaters and on Netflix on November 2nd.
For film buffs, this is the pinnacle of what it’s all about. A lost legacy brought back to life and shown to the world. Judging by the new trailer released today, you see a very different type of film from what is considered the standard of filmmaking today. An uncompromising vision of honesty about how the industry has changed. And it’s no suprise given the film is essentially one about filmmaking, a film both directed by and starring filmmakers. The shift in the industry is one that, I think, many can agree hasn’t always been for the better. But, aside from that note, the trailer looks to show a masterpiece that will remind this generation why Welles was a name to be respected. Check it out below:
The Other Side of the Wind co-stars Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, and Susan Strasberg. In addition, check out the new poster for the film below: