The Other Side of the Wind is something of a legend in the world of film: the last film shot by the great Orson Welles, but never fully completed or distributed. Snippets of footage have appeared here and there – most notably on the Criterion DVD for Welles’ spectacular documentary F for Fake – but despite the efforts of Welles’ collaborator and lady friend Oja Kodar and the films’ co-star Peter Bogdonavich (himself the acclaimed director of The Last Picture Show) the film has never been officially completed. It’s like the whole project was touched by evil or something.
Now it appears that the film is nearing both completion and release, The Guardian announced this week. Kenneth Sidle, one of the lawyers involved in the arbitration over the rights to the film, stated "We are in negotiations for the picture, which would lead to the finishing and public exhibition. Hopefully within the next few weeks we will know." Normally we’re hesitant about these kinds of announcements about announcements, but after almost forty years and nothing to show for it any news qualifies as good news.
The Other Side of the Wind stars acclaimed director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as acclaimed director Jake Hannaford, and uses his 70th birthday party as a framing structure to present flashbacks of his life. Bogdonavich plays Brooks Otterlake, a successful young director and Hannaford’s protege (and one of the most amazingly named characters in history). CRAVE Online will be back with more news as it develops.