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388 Ratings

The Other Side of the Wind

Directed by Orson Welles
France, Iran, 2018


A famed, and infamous, movie director, J.J. Hannaford, dies in a car accident. He was about to release his latest movie and a documentary camera crew had been following him around in the days preceding his death. We see the events leading up to his death.

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The Other Side of the Wind Directed by Orson Welles

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: William K. Everson Film History Award

The New York Film Festival

2018 | Special Events

Welles set out to document an end of an era, but the strange liminal moment he captured might not yet have passed.
January 19, 2019
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Part withering self-portrait, part savage satire, The Other Side of the Wind turns a birthday party for an aging studio-era director (John Huston) into a kaleidoscopic send-up of late-’60s media, masculinit, New Hollywood upstarts, and European art-house auteurs alike.
January 02, 2019
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Kaleidoscopic, labyrinthine and disorienting, The Other Side of the Wind is unmistakably Wellesian.
December 20, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    A lot to unpack from this kamikaze film; if you told me it was still unfinished, I'd believe it. It's a work of acidic contempt for movies and the whole frenzy that surrounds them: the money, the fans, the myths, the endless doomed attempts to stay relevant. But "contemptuous" is not the same as "unfeeling", and this mockumentary's paranoid number of cameras snap plenty of pure emotions—which is part of its warning.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    TV. Against the expectation that has kept me from this film for some time, its final authorship, although debatable by an editing mostly attributed to another, is indisputable. If we remember that "F for Fake" was so close, all here is diluted in fragments of sparse, contingent, derivative images, proposing one of the greatest boycotts on fiction that i have ever seen - Welles wasn't put into exile by Godard.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    More than a fascinating piece of history, "The Other Side of the Wind" is a remarkable achievement insofar that it saw the light of day and will go on to be extensively analyzed. The bottled-up contempt for the elaborate façades and artificiality of cinema is profound, but the presentation wore me down. Discombobulated is putting it mildly. Far more intellectually stimulating to discuss than to endure.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    One of the mythical 'lost' films has finally been cut and released supposedly to Welles' vision and intent. The maverick filmmaking style on view is quite staggering and fits well within the director's canon even if at times it still feels unfinished. John Huston was incredible as the iconoclast director with a bevy of great supporting turns with exceptional turns by Norman Foster and Dan Tobin in small parts.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    Without John Houston, this pastiche would be D.O.A. He's wonderful. The rest is sound and fury, written by a madman, signifying lots of misogyny, racism, and general narcissistic, egotistical murkiness. Peter Bogdanovich has zilch screen presence, which makes watching even more difficult. There's a reason why films like this usually never get completed. At some point, you have to cut your losses and move on.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    Amazing reconstruction in spite of the fact we will never experience Welles "final cut." There are midgets and mannequins and psychedelic set pieces as well as thoughtfully rendered performances (Huston and Bogdanovich especially) that sit in sharp contrast to the parodic film within a film (resembling a paraphrase of Bogdanovich's glorious book where he quizzed Welles on his pet peeves).What a timecapsule!

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    It might be an unending labyrinth of personal psycho-dramatic elements, blurring with social & cinematic commentary, or an elaborate tangle of threads & interpretations too messy to unpick. Is it a film about the end of old Hollywood usurped by the new, about the 'death of the author' in the classical romantic sense, or a semi-autobiographical docudrama on Welles himself, full of his own thoughts & petty grievances?

  • Drew Kelly's rating of the film The Other Side of the Wind

    I saw this full-length cut at its premiere during the Telluride Film Festival. What a commotion of faces and flashes and ineffable moments. It seems to be Welle's retrospective on letting cinema devour his life, ultimately seeing things to death, killing them. In this film there seems to be glimpses of every theme possible, reversals, foils, styles, ironies, meta-subjects, etc. It is a dense, over/underwhelming film.

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