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A gift to film lovers, currently on Netflix: The Other Side of the Wind. Welles shot his last film from 1970 to 1976. It was to be about two directors. John Huston played the old pro and Peter Bogdanovich as his acolyte. That only gives a hint at how different this film is. The cast goes from George Jessel to Claude Chabrol to Dennis Hopper. Shot, deliberately with different film stock and sizes, it also features a Michel Legrand soundtrack.

Due to all sorts of circuses that surrounded Welles from the time of his return to Hollywood, from exile, in 1955 to the time he died in 1985, the film was never finished. This film, with Peter Bogdanovich as executive producer (I don't think anyone knows Welles better than Bogdanovich), assembled from almost 100 hours of footage with notes, some assembled and edited scenes and other documentation and memories, is as close as we're ever going to get to the way Welles envisioned it.

Really remarkable.

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