HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Back to Berlin
Leave No Trace
They Shall Not Grow Old
Dollman
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Man Who Invented Christmas, The
Tom's Midnight Garden
Lady, Stay Dead
Thieves, The
My Dear Secretary
I Think We're Alone Now
Amazing Colossal Man, The
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Suzanne
Nae Pasaran!
Kiss of the Dragon
Other Side of the Wind, The
Secret Santa
Wolcott
10.000 Km
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
Hitler's Hollywood
Ghost Goes Gear, The
First Purge, The
House of Wax
Mandy
Climax, The
Justice League Dark
Night Watchmen, The
Bandh Darwaza
   
 
Newest Articles
Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
   
 
  Other Side of the Wind, The Boo For HollywoodBuy this film here.
Year: 2018
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Robert Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Joseph McBride, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O'Brien, Mercedes McCambridge, Cameron Mitchell, Paul Stewart, Peter Jason, Tonio Stewart, Dennis Hopper, Gregory Sierra, Angelo Rossitto
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Weirdo
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Jake Hannaford (John Huston) was a big name in Hollywood, but that was a while ago, and now he seeks to make his latest project independently, but as always in the film industry, the problem is raising the cash for it to fund his art. To that end a party has been arranged where what footage he has shot is to be shown in the hope that the attendees will be so impressed that they fork out for the rest of the production, and among those partygoers are a mixture of the New Wave of Hollywood and the old guard, both of whom can contribute to Hannaford's dreams. But then again, they can equally contribute to his nightmares: a nightmare of never getting anything finished ever again.

The Other Side of the Wind was one of the most infamous lost movies among those who kept a record of such things, an Orson Welles project that he toiled over for six years in the shooting, grabbing what footage he could here and there, then once he felt he had enough the rest of his life, on and off, was spent editing it together. The worst of it was, he still had not completed it by the point of his death and left a number of reels of footage that were held up in a financial and legal limbo with occasional promises that Welles' wish to see it assembled to his specifications was one to be fulfilled at some future date. In effect, it took around four decades for this to happen.

Welles died in 1985, so perhaps we can envisage him looking down from movie heaven and beaming that it was released in 2018 by internet streaming service Netflix, whose vast coffers were plundered to get all the tangled mess of the rights and editing sorted out. Alas, maybe Welles may not have been entirely pleased with the reaction: 1976 had been a very long time ago in cinematic terms, and once the film had been viewed it was clear that seventies experimentalism was not a genre that had lasted to any great effect. Indeed, there was a sense that we were looking at some relic of the past that you would need some deep research to make much clarity out of - self-indulgence was mentioned.

You could counter that by saying a lot of film is a self-indulgent act, even an arrogant one in that the makers assumed there was an audience for what they wanted to say, though at least half the movie seemed like a point-scoring exercise against Welles' critics, who were growing in numbers by the decade this was crafted, piecemeal; Susan Strasberg showed up as a haranguing harridan of a Pauline Kael stand-in who in the last five minutes is walloped across the face to put her in her place. Although keen to promote an avuncular persona in the interviews he gave around this time, there was always an edge to Welles, a veiled threat that we could see here, where his belief that he knew best when it came to directing was not one he was about to give up easily, and with shoals of minnows nibbling at his mighty whale carcass before he was even dead, you could understand.

But just as many professionals and buffs alike loved Welles, and were dismayed at his financial problems, never mind his artistic ones, with Peter Bogdanovich (who co-stars here) championing him as his own career went into a significant upturn (not that it lasted, but still). So where did that leave his fictional version in Huston? From the clips we saw of the film within the film, you could tell he had great reserves of talent as his then-partner Oja Kodar (credited as co-writer) wanders often nude across beautifully captured imagery, though the subject matter is not always beautiful, so much so that while it was intended as a parody of arty directors, you could tell this was the best material in the work. The rest of it, bogged down in bitterness and false bonhomie disguising professional dejection and revulsion, was a lot more difficult to enjoy, it was like watching Welles disappear up his not-inconsiderable fundament and left a very bad impression. Otherwise, play spot the celebrity and ponder what he could have done with a real budget and real support. Maybe he had every right to be angry. Music by Michel LeGrand.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 69 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
Rashed Ali
Alexander Taylor
   

 

Last Updated: