The much-anticipated world premiere of visionary director Orson Welles' final movie 'The Other Side of the Wind' will take place at the Venice Film Festival this weekend, but ahead of that, Netflix have debuted the trailer for this Hollywood epic that has been 40 years in the making.
The 'Citizen Kane' director originally shot this movie between 1970 and 1976 but died before the film was completed. The production was beset with financial issues and was notoriously never released in any form.
More than a thousand reels of film negatives languished in a Paris vault until March of 2017, when producers Frank Marshall (who served as Welles’s production manager during his initial shooting) and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have the film completed, with Netflix stepping in to help.
The movie stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. It features a new score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and reassembled by a technical team including Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski.
It tells the story of grizzled director J.J. ''Jake'' Hannaford (Huston), who returns to Los Angeles after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie. Both a satire of the classic studio system and the New Hollywood that was shaking things up, Welles’s last artistic testament is set to be a fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking as well as long-awaited "new" work from an indisputable master.
'The Other Side of the Wind' will be released on Netflix Friday, 2nd November.