The Other Side of the Wind
1976/2018, Orson Welles, USA, 122 min.
With John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich
- Sat, Apr 20th 3:00pm
- Tue, Apr 23rd 6:00pm
"The Holy Grail for zealous film buffs, the long-awaited bookend for CITIZEN KANE."--Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Filmed piecemeal between 1970 and 1976, and left only partially edited at Welles's death in 1985, THE OTHER SIDE OF WIND attained legendary status while legal and financial issues stymied efforts to complete it, until an infusion of Netflix money and a dedicated team of producers and editors finally pushed it to completion. What emerged after decades of speculation was a caustic portrait of both the declining Old Hollywood and the briefly ascendant New Hollywood by a defiant filmmaker who was never at home in either. Like CITIZEN KANE, it begins with the death of its main character, the declining but still potent Hollywood director Jake Hannaford (played with gusto by John Huston). We then go back to the day leading up to Hannaford's death, in which his raucous 70th birthday party--rife with cameos, innuendos, rancor, backbiting, and betrayal--becomes the occasion for a screening of his uncompleted film, a parodic (and, in one scene, scorchingly erotic) riff on Antonioniesque art cinema. 35mm print courtesy of Netflix. (MR)
The Tuesday screening will include a lecture/discussion by renowned critic and Welles authority Jonathan Rosenbaum.