The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

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Directed By Orson Welles Starring John Huston  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Oja Kodar  •  Susan Strasberg  •  Norman Foster Genres Comedy Drama  •  Drama  •  Mockumentary  •  New Hollywood  •  Satire  •  Showbiz Drama Studios &
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Release Info August 31, 2018
B&W and Color  •  122 minutes R Rated R
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Eagle2018

Eagle2018 on 12/12/2018 Reply  · 

2018 movie #31: Other Side Of The Wind. After over 40 years, Orson Welles’ final movie has been released. Before continuing on, I’m not an Welles fan. I’ve only seen Kane and Third Man and neither did anything for me but even I was eager to watch this. This film is a rather curious picture as the history behind it; it’s the first ever officially released feature length reel of actors hanging out. I’m kidding, but the film generally feels like that. It’s like they didn’t have a script so as a substitute, they planned out the setting, location and the characteristics of every characters in full detail. It’s like Welles said to each actor, “this is the setting... this is how your character feels...” and then he started filming. And I think that’s why I like it. It feels unrehearsed but as the acting is so good it’s still natural without being clumsy. There’s a great flow and documentary style to it. I was engaged for the full 2 hours. Any issues? My main complaint is that I don’t know what the film is trying to say; unless it isn’t trying to say anything then it succeeds. I can’t tell what’s going on in the movie that they premiered (although, that’s just part of the fun). And the parts with the characters keeps hinting at satirising the film industry but these ideas keep getting lost. Still a film Welles fans can be proud to see apart of his filmography and something all film buffs need to see. 7.5/10.

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