The Other Side of the Wind — Official Trailer


added: Wed, Aug 29th '18

Legendary "Citizen Kane" director/actor Orson Welles made some of the most influential films in history. But that doesn't mean his films were made easily, or without difficulties. In fact, it was quite the opposite of smooth sailing for the film genius.

Welles, ever since the making of his 1941 film debut "Citizen Kane," had kept a rather contentious relationship with Hollywood, which drove him (especially in his later career) to seek out foreign financiers, setting up film production deals outside Tinseltown. This, of course, meant that Welles would normally work on a film for several years before completion. Sometimes, a film would be put on hold until he could find a new European investor or he would put in his own money. But sometimes, those films remained unfinished, forever.

And one such unfinished project was his last film: "The Other Side of the Wind," for which Netflix had recently financed its completion, 48 years after it started its initial production -- and 33 years after Welles's death.

Welles had spend six years, sporadically, filming "The Other Side of the Wind" from 1970 to 1976. And he was editing the film up until his death in 1985. And though he only completed a 45-minute work print, he had left director's notes and unedited footage, which were used to put together, like a jigsaw puzzle, into the final product.

Described as a "film-within-a-film" -- it's a part counter-culture mockumentary, part semi-biographical portrait, "The Other Side of the Wind" features legendary director John Huston, playing an aging Hollywood maverick filmmaker who, on the day of his 70th birthday party, is trying to put the final touches on his big, comeback movie, an experimental sexploitation thriller called ... "The Other Side of the Wind."

"The Other Side of the Wind," which also featured appearances by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, actress-and-famed drama teacher Susan Strasberg, and Croatian actress/filmmaker Oja Kodar (who was Welles's girlfriend at the time), will make its world premiere this week at the Venice Film Festival.

The film will then be released in select theaters and on Netflix starting on November 2nd. Watch the trailer, above.

A completion and restoration of Orson Welles's unfinished film, this satire follows the final days of a legendary director striving for a comeback.

Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (a revelatory John Huston) returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his comeback: a career summation that can only be the work of cinema's most adventurous filmmaker, Orson Welles.


directed by   Orson Welles

starring   John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Oja Kodar

release date   November 2, 2018 (in select theaters and on Netflix)

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