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The Other Side of the Wind
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:07:41 PM »
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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.

In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles began filming what would ultimately be his final cinematic opus with a cast of luminaries that included John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. Beset by financial issues, the production ultimately stretched to 1976 and soon gained industry-wide notoriety, never to be completed or released. More than a thousand reels of film languished in a Paris vault until March 2017, when producers Frank Marshall (who served as a production manager on Wind during in its initial shooting) and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have Welles’s vision completed more than 30 years after his death. Featuring a new score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and assembled by a technical team including Oscar- winning editor Bob Murawski, The Other Side of the Wind tells the story of famed filmmaker J.J. “Jake” Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie. A satire of the classic studio system as well as the new establishment who were shaking things up at the time, Welles’s final film is both a fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking as well as the long-awaited “new” work from an indisputable master of his craft.

Directed by Orson Welles
Release Date - November 2, 2018 on Netflix

There's also a documentary about its making, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 02:58:46 PM »
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Gonna try my damndest to get a ticket to the NYFF screening.
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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 12:30:39 AM »
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I don't know if anyone will even read this, but I have a ticket I'm selling for the NYFF screening. Sept 29th. Message me if interested

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 08:28:39 AM »
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eward, BigSock. BigSock, eward.

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 11:25:17 AM »
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I already have a ticket! Excellent heads up though.
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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 11:56:31 AM »
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 so trying your damndest actually paid off. kudos, sir.

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 01:20:36 PM »
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Oooh yeah. Also got a ticket to Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell, my excitement is extreme.
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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 04:18:34 PM »
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Haha, I actually also had Her Smell tickets to sell. It’s looking like I unfortunately cannot make it that weekend

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2018, 09:24:51 AM »
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Some Her Smell to sell?  :) Any other tickets?
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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2018, 05:56:46 PM »
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I only have Other Side of the Wind on the 29th, Her Smell on the 29th, and Her Smell on the 30th to sell.

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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2018, 04:43:24 PM »
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The making-of doc will have a simultaneous netflix release





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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2018, 12:00:01 PM »
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Other Side of the Wind is screening in 35mm at NYFF!!!
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Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 12:23:08 AM »
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And I have tickets to sell! Lol, last chance, guys. Message if interested

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The Other Side of the Wind
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2018, 02:43:44 PM »
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EDIT: Whoops! Forgot this thread existed....anyhow

VAGUE SORTA SPOILERS JUST SAYIN

At long last, after years of hearing/reading/dreaming about this film, never believing it would actually see the light of day, yesterday afternoon I had the good fortune to finally, finally see it, on the 33rd anniversary of Welles’ passing, at the Francesca Beale Theater at Lincoln Center, on a brand new 35mm print that had only been screened once before. (God Bless The NYFF). And though it could never truly live up to the hype that had been steadily building in my mind over the years, especially since having read the excellent Josh Karp book about its making, I was very pleased to find myself mostly thoroughly engaged throughout its entire 2 hour runtime. It's remarkably coherent, when one considers it was edited down intermittently from 100 hours of footage over 40-odd years fraught with litigation and one outlandish setback after another. Extremely frenetic, jumping around from color to black and white, 16mm to 35mm, at a pretty consistent breakneck pace across 3 or 4 major set-pieces and a movie-within-the-movie, it's much more in line tonally/aesthetically with something like "F For Fake" as opposed to Welles' better-known works. Though this merely represents a painstaking attempt at approximating Welles' original vision, assembled with the guidance of copious volumes of written material and half-edited scenes, this stands as not only a wild and fascinating self-portrait by one of our greatest film artists (starring another one of our greatest film artists), but also a loving and triumphant tribute to a giant of our times from a younger generation of admirers/colleagues; and, in the case of Bogdanovich, a close personal friend (Welles himself had asked Bogdanovich, in the months leading up to his death in 1985, to see to it personally that the film got finished, were anything to happen to him. And lo and behold, after all this time, he delivered. Hard not to well-up at that.)

Long Live Orson.
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