Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Other Side of the Wind

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the exciting news regarding my namesake, Orson Welles, earlier this week. Along with the many fantastic motion pictures Welles left with us, there are equally as fascinating unfinished pictures. The two people most frequently talk about are: The Deep and The Other Side of the Wind. The Deep went unfinished for various reasons, including the death of star Lawrence Hervey. More info can be found at Wellesnet.

The other picture, The Other Side of the Wind, represents a holy grail of sorts for Welles's fans. According to sources involved in the making of the film, all principal photography was finished and roughly 80% of the editing before Welles passed away in 1985. It was shot, much like his MacBeth, over a period of several years as Welles acted in other films to finance this one. Wellesnet's page is here.

Now comes the announcement from actor/director Peter Bogdanovich, who appears in the film, that a deal with Showtime has been finalized to complete work on TOSOTW. I am among the many fans who would love to see this with a limited theatrical release, but even if the premiere is on Showtime, I'll be happy enough. For more information, Wellesnet has posted a full writeup including comments from Bogdanovich.

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