in about 100 words or less
US/Iran/France 122m, Colour/B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Bob Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Mercedes McCambridge, Cameron Mitchell, Paul Stewart, Gregory Sierra, Tonio Selwart, Dan Tobin, Joseph McBride, Dennis Hopper
Years ahead of its time, The Other Side of the Wind is an amusing mockumentary and a brilliant satire of the state of filmmaking in the late 1960s. For numerous financial and legal reasons, too numerous to mention here, this project was left unfinished for more than 40 years. Starring John Huston as J.J. “Jake” Hannaford, an aged cantankerous, but highly respected Hollywood director looking for money to finish his last film, The Other Side of the Wind consists of both footage from Hannaford’s unfinished film, and that of a screening party in which he hopes will raise much-needed funds. Ironically mirroring Welles’ own financial troubles, Hannaford’s character would seem at least coincidently autobiographical – especially since Peter Bogdanovich played Hannaford’s acolyte who, like his character, had early critical success as a filmmaker, and was a Welles’ devotee. Like his later project, F For Fake (1973), in which Welles’ questions the reality of art, The Other Side of the Wind is a tour de force of deception and is arguably one of his greatest achievements in film (Klaus Ming December 2018).