With his first feature film, Citizen Kane, considered one of the greatest films ever made, director/actor/legend Orson Welles’ final film, The Other Side Of The Wind, still has yet to see the light of day.
However, thanks to the YouTube page of Henry Jaglom, we can now at least see some of this much talked about film.
Here’s the skinny: for the past few years, Welles’ long time right hand man, Peter Bogdanovich, has been hard at work fighting lawyers to try and get the chance to edit, restore and then subsequently release the auteur’s final film. The rights are being fought for by a handful of wanting parties, including Oja Kodar and Jacqueline Boushehri, a producer on the film. Asked by Welles himself to finish the film upon the director’s death, it has seemingly become the most passionate of passion projects for Bogdanovich, with Showtime being a long time supporter of the project. Now, with changes over at Showtime coming this year, it may not be the case any longer, but one can’t help but wonder what will come of this project if Bogdanovich does ultimately get the rights.
The film stars a cavalcade of big names, ranging from Bogdanovich to John Huston, and follows the story of a director hell bent on returning to the scene with a new experimental picture. Jaglom stars in the film as well, and thanks to his YouTube page, 30 minutes of footage from and pertaining to the film are now available to be seen. Things have appeared to be moving forward, so hopefully this will mark the beginning of a road that leads us to finally getting this film on home video.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knv1agGrruY&version=3&hl=en_US]