The Other Side of the Wind
Saturday, January 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Orson Welles. 2018, 122 mins. New 35mm print. With John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Robert Random. After years of exile in Europe, a maverick director named Jake Hannaford (John Huston) returns to Hollywood to finish his comeback movie, “The Other Side of the Wind.” As the director struggles to complete his project, he contemplates his legacy. Among the holy grails of Hollywood legend, The Other Side of the Wind was left unfinished at the time of Orson Welles’s death in 1985, but was finally completed thanks to a team led by director Peter Bogdanovich (who plays a leading role in the film), the producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza, and the editor Bob Murawski. The result is a film that’s both undeniably Wellesian and also uniquely, gloriously, irreconcilably strange and provocative. The Other Side of the Wind is like a depth-charge set several decades in the past that’s finally exploded into 2018—ready or not, here it is. And thankfully it’s finally here to stay.
“Welles buffs will long argue over their choices, but the film is a major addition to the director’s canon, offering a sometimes harrowingly personal vision. Hannaford is hardly a self-portrait, but his predicament is not unlike Welles’s own: he is a legend whose past overshadows his present.” —Alex Ross, The New Yorker
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