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Other Side of the Wind, The (Netflix 2018, John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich)

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Although it has an official release date of 2018 The Other Side of the Wind is actually a long lost Orson Welles movie that was filmed on and off between 1970 and 1976 with several of the lead roles being taken by legendary film directors such as John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich and Claude Chabrol.

Plotwise the movie follows famed director J.J. ‘Jake’ Hannaford as he returns to Hollywood after many years in Europe. He is trying to get his comeback movie made and there is plentiful footage of the movie he is trying to make, style wise it channels into a faux documentary style.

Definitely a curates egg, a whole book (Orson Welles’s Last Movie by John Karp) has been written about the movie and indeed it remained unfinished at the time of Welles’ death in 1985 however a team led by Peter Bogdanovich, the producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza, and the editor Bob Murawski spent months sifting through all the available footage to create a cohesive finished product.

The Other Side of the Wind received a world premiere on 31 August 2018 at the 75th Venice Film Festival before gaining a Netflix premiere on 2 November 2018. A companion documentary, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead was released on Netflix at the same time.

production details
USA | 122 minutes | Premiered Friday 2 November 2018 (filmed between 1970 and 1976).

Director: Orson Welles
Script: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar,

cast
John Huston as J.J. ‘Jake’ Hannaford
Oja Kodar as The Actress
Peter Bogdanovich as Brooks Otterlake
Robert Random as Oscar “John” Dale
Susan Strasberg as Juliet Rich
Joseph McBride as Charles Pister
Edmond O’Brien as Pat
Mercedes McCambridge as Maggie Fassbender
Cameron Mitchell as Matt Zimmer
Paul Stewart as Matt Costello
Peter Jason as Marvin P. Fassbender
Tonio Selwart as The Baron
Howard Grossman as Charles Higgam
Geoffrey Land as Max David
Dennis Hopper as Lucas Renard
Gregory Sierra as Jack Simon
Benny Rubin as Abe Vogel
Cathy Luvas as Mavis Henscher
Dan Tobin as Dr. Bradley Pease Burroughs
George Jessel as George
Richard Wilson as Dick
Claude Chabrol as Himself
Stéphane Audran as Stéphane
Curtis Harrington as Himself
Henry Jaglom as Himself
Paul Mazursky as Himself
Lilli Palmer as Zarah Valeska

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