The network will fund the release of the director’s last film The Other Side of the Wind that he didn’t finish.
Netflix will help filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza, who is trying to complete the last film by Orson Welles. The network acquired rights to the film The Other Side of the Wind and will finance the restoration work and release of the director’s last movie that has remained unfinished for more than 40 years.
Producer Frank Marshall, who was the film’s production manager in the 1970s, will oversee the restoration and completion. Actor Peter Bogdanovich, who was part of the original case alongside John Huston, Oja Kodar, Lilli Palmer and Dennis Hopper, will consult the team. Marshall and Bogdanovich will use Welles’s handwritten notes and their own memory of the production that took place between 1970 and 1976.
The film The Other Side of the Wind is considered to be Welles’s semi-autobiographical satiric portrait of Hollywood. The main character is a legendary filmmaker struggling to make a comeback by shooting a film for a younger audience. But his attempt fails.
“Like so many others who grew up worshipping the craft and vision of Orson Welles, this is a dream come true. The promise of being able to bring to the world this unfinished work of Welles with his true artistic intention intact, is a point of pride for me and for Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, the network’s chief content officer, says.
Netflix collaborates with Polish filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza, who began to restore the 1970s footage and raised $400,000 of the $1 million goal in a crowdfunding campaign. Rymsza and Marshall will serve as producers. Bogdanovich and Beatrice Welles, Orson Welles’s daughter, will be executive producers.
Orson Welles is an American director, actor and scriptwriter. His works are remarkable for creative techniques and original vision of cinematography. Welles’s most famous films include Citizen Kane, The Trial, Touch of Evil, The Lady from Shanghai. The British Film Institute named him the greatest film director of all time in 2002.Subscribe to our mailing list: