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Reply #105 on: April 05, 2016, 03:22:24 PM
as this is a palace for movies, clearly, let it be said that everyone's been waiting around forever for this release. and netflix will see it through to the end, it's always been within reach. Welles means to cinema what the Apostles mean to the New Testament, and this is a book we'll be glad to have around:

Featuring a roster of Welles' buds including John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Henry Jaglom, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper, Paul Mazursky and Claude Chabrol, the movie, shot in 8mm, 16mm and 35mm, follows an aged Hollywood director attempting to revive his career by making a trippy film filled with sex and violence.

Who knows if this latest attempt to finally finish "The Other Side Of The Wind" will pan out, and it's worth bearing in mind that Sasha Welles, Kodar's nephew, "has indicated negotiations have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped." Moreover, an attempt was made by Bogdanovich to complete 'Wind' for Showtime in 1999, but he ran afoul of Kodar, who he blamed for stalling the project.

is Bogdanovich having production money similar to Harry Knowles having production money, as in is it meant to be accepted that life is also a factor? maybe this movie's release will coincide with The Man Who Killed Don Quixote... but that's ridiculous, because this movie is already done. if Kodar is the missing key here well, as i'm not him i can say that he has his own reasons, and my fingers are crossed.


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Reply #106 on: April 23, 2021, 05:26:50 AM
TCM To Finance A Search For The Lost Cut Of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’
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You know how fans of Zack Snyder went crazy about all the cuts to “Justice League” that happened before that film was released in 2017, eventually demanding that Warner Bros. release the original cut of the film? Well, 75 years before that happened, there was a Snyder Cut situation involving Orson Welles and his 1942 film, “The Magnificent Ambersons.” And in honor of its upcoming 80th anniversary, there is a real effort being taken to see if the Welles Cut of the film can be located and released.

According to WellesNet, Turner Classic Movies is funding the efforts of documentarian Josh Grossberg as he attempts to travel to Brazil in search of the long, lost cut of Welles’ Oscar-nominated feature, “The Magnificent Ambersons.” The original film is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from 1918 and tells the story of a Midwestern family that sees their fortune dwindling as the automobile age comes about.

Prior to its release, RKO Pictures took over the editing of the film from Welles and changed large portions of the film, including a completely different, happier ending. While the changes have been long documented, the footage from the rough cut of the film, which is the true vision of Welles, was thought to be destroyed. Regardless of the discrepancies in edits, the theatrical release of ‘Ambersons’ would go on to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Enter Josh Grossberg.

The documentarian has received funding from TCM for a new documentary that will chronicle his quest to find this lost cut of Welles’ film. Though Welles himself said the footage was destroyed, there is optimism about the footage being preserved from when reels of the film were sent to Brazil for Welles to edit. The thought is that there are still reels in Brazil that might have survived.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will find the print,” Grossberg said. He also confirmed the September expedition “is our last, best chance of finding the original version of ‘The Magnificent Ambersons.’”

Regardless of whether or not a Welles Cut of “The Magnificent Ambersons” can be released, it appears there will be a documentary that will at least dive deep into the whole situation that you’ll be able to watch on TCM next year.