The finally finished Orson Welles movie ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ follows an aging Hollywood director trying to boost his flagging career by making a flashy movie called…‘The Other Side of the Wind.’
John Huston plays the lead, Jake Hannaford--a character who bears a certain resemblance to Welles. The movie is part mockumentary, part film-within-a-film and part Hollywood satire.
The production of ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ was troubled from day one--Welles was constantly running out of money. But famous writers, actors and directors clamored to get involved.
Welles worked on the film off and on for 6 years in the early 1970’s but never finished it before his death in 1985. ‘Bourne Identity’ and ‘Jurassic World’ producer Frank Marshall worked on the project as a young production assistant and long wanted to finish it, but the challenges were daunting. Finally he teamed up with producer Filip Rymsza and got the job done.
They tell us how they managed to wrangle the complicated rights to the film and what they think Orson Welles would feel about his movie being released on Netflix--where it’s finally available now.