Week in Review: Orson Welles’ last film arriving in 2015

F for Fake

The biggest remaining treasure trove in the world of cinema is the long lost and destroyed ending to Orson WellesThe Magnificent Ambersons, his cynical director’s cut that he felt would’ve made it an even greater film than Citizen Kane. But anything having remotely to do with Welles may be just as great of a find.

In 2015, Royal Road Entertainment will release Welles’s last film The Other Side of the Wind in accordance with Welles’s 100th birthday. The New York Times reported Wednesday how Welles spent the last 15 years of his life shooting and editing the picture, a meta story about an aging, legendary director played by John Huston. The cast includes Lilli Palmer, Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg and Peter Bogdanovich playing an up-and-coming film director, who at the time was essentially playing himself.

The film has been blocked in legal rights battles for years, with sole decisions belonging to Beatrice Welles, his daughter and only heir. But now Bogdanovich, who Welles lived with for many years late in his life, and line producer Frank Marshall, will be completing the film, adding music and editing some unfinished scenes all according to Welles’s notes.

If The Other Side of the Wind does finally come out, producers are aiming for May 6 with hopes that next month at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, the film will get picked up for distribution.

The Times piece describes this film as “art imitating life and life imitating art,” and the meta nature of the film sounds very much like Welles’s swan song documentary F for Fake from 1973. Frankly everything about The Other Side of the Wind sounds wonderful, and Bogdanovich is the perfect person to get the job done. If only Welles actually appeared in this film as well. Now THAT would be a find.

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