Unseen Orson Welles Film May Finally Hit Theatres


The Other Side of the Wind, an unfinished Orson Welles film shot nearly 40 years ago, might finally hit the big screen. The unedited film has been stored in a vault in Paris as a result of a complex, decades-long legal battle over its ownership, but a lawyer involved in the dispute now says he's in negotiations "which would lead to the finishing and public exhibition" of the movie. He added, "Hopefully within the next few weeks we will know." Welles's lover, Oja Kodar, a Croatian who starred in and co-wrote the film, confirmed her interest in selling it. The movie, which depicts a director's final hours, has been described as "absolutely fascinating." It has not yet been decided if the raw footage would be screened as is or if someone should edit it, but that's already being hotly debated. Welles is said to have told John Huston, who plays the lead role: "It's about a bastard director … full of himself, who catches people and creates and destroys them. It's about us, John." [Guardian UK]