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Watch John Huston in the trailer for Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind

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Netflix acquired the global rights to Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind and financed 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.

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.

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 colour 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 oversaw the film’s completion and Bogdanovich 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.

The Other Side of the Wind hits Netflix and select cinemas on 2nd November 2018.

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