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Netflix are going to finish Orson Welles’ final film

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Netflix has acquired the global rights to Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind and will finance its completion and restoration. Great to hear they are going back to older films as well as bringing us the newer original movies and shows.

Starring John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar, the film is a satire of both the passing of Classic Hollywood and the avant-garde filmmakers of the New Hollywood of the 1970s. The film was shot in an unconventional mockumentary style in both color and black-and-white, and it incorporated a film-within-a-film that spoofed the work of Michelangelo Antonioni.

It was well known for its troubled production schedule. The six-year shoot was plagued by difficulties with production, finance and casting, as well as complex legal problems that led to the negative being impounded and the film left unfinished for over 40 years. Welles had intended the film to serve as his comeback picture, heralding his return to the United States after a quarter of a century of working mainly in Europe, but the film’s legal problems meant that it remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1985..

Producer Frank Marshall will oversee the film’s completion and Bogdanovich had helped in its editing.

“I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson’s last picture,” said Marshall.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says he grew up worshipping Welles so releasing Welles’ last film “is a point of pride” for him and for Netflix.

Source: AP, Wiki

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