Orson Welles' final film, The Other Side of the Wind, remains unfinished and unseen to this day. Josh Karp has written a book about the making of that film, and all the many difficulties that plagued the production. He tells us how the Shah of Iran's brother-in-law ended up partially financing the film, and fills us in on the most recent attempt to finish the movie.
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TV Guide magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
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- British outfit ITV has opted not to purchase the Weinstein Company's TV division. TWC doesn't have the TV offerings to justify the high selling price, and their TV division is inextricably linked to their film division. ITV has no interest in getting into film.
- Broadcasters are opting to shop at home more so now than in any other time in recent history. With repeats bringing in almost no money, networks are airing more and more shows created at their own studios, rather than purchasing from elsewhere. They also want to be able to retain their brand on shows should they later run on other platforms.
Orson Welles was only 25 years old when he had the greatest success of his career: co-writing, directing and starring in Citizen Kane. For that film, he also had final cut, which was unprecedented at that time, especially for a first time director.
After Kane, things got trickier. Welles was horrible with money, had poor taste in producing partners, and refused to work within the studio system.
Skip forward several decades from Kane. It's 1970 and Welles is just returning to the US after more than a decade in Europe. He's going to make a comeback film...about a director making a comeback film.
Josh Karp's new book, Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of the Other Side of the Wind chronicles the misadventures that followed.
Karp tells us why talent flocked to Welles, but not financiers. Welles ended up getting funding from the Shah of Iran's brother-in-law, but perhaps unsurprisingly, that arrangement proved problematic as well. While Welles shot plenty of footage, the film remains unfinished and unseen to this day.
The troubles that haunt the film haven't stopped people from trying to resurrect it though. There's a new effort afoot to finally finish the movie. Some big names in cinema, including Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdanovich, are involved in a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.
For years, the Los Angeles film and television community has bemoaned runaway production -- studios and producers shooting projects in other states or overseas to take advantage of production incentives.
California has responded by expanding its own film and television incentive program. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez sought out some of the very people affected by this tax deal, and brings a story from the front lines of the incentives arms race.
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