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The Other Side of the Wind

Postby Mr. Reindeer » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:28 am

Orson Welles’s most famous lost film, The Other Side of the Wind, finally got a wide release on Friday thanks to Netflix. A few months ago, IcedOver was expressing displeasure at the streaming model displacing theaters. As a former movie theater manager I get that perspective, but when Netflix gives the world access to a forty-odd year old film by one of the medium’s preeminent directors that otherwise might have only screened at a few film festivals and art house theaters, I have to be grateful that we live in the streaming age. Welles is a hero of mine, and I’ve personally been waiting for close to two decades after first reading about this movie, and even with that expectation, it surpassed anything I could have hoped for. In the accompanying documentary They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (also phenomenal), Welles talks about the fact that to him the core of great film is “divine accidents” (think Silva/Bob in the mirror in the TP pilot), and he wanted to build this film on those. What we ended up with is a beautiful, messy, scathing indictment of old and new Hollywood, a surprisingly timely deconstruction of the “difficult male creator” mythos, and a house-of-mirrors self-appraisal of Welles himself, through the prism of a powerhouse John Huston performance. Anyone who loves film should check it out.

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