Netflix is really trying to get themselves to point where they don’t need to rely on licensing agreements for their base product, going so far as to finish famed director Orson Welles’ final film for their platform. Now after 40 years in production limbo we are getting our first glimpse of the final film.
To say that The Other Side of the Wind had a tumultuous production life would be the understatement of the century. The movie took six years to film, ran out of funding multiple times, and ultimately die on the editing room floor when its director himself died in 1985. Now with extensive work from Netflix, we will be able to see the satirical film about the end of Hollywood’s golden era and the beginning of the wild weird cinema of the 70’s.
The Other Side of the Wind will be screened tomorrow at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the New York Film Festival in October ahead of its November 2nd release date on both the Netflix streaming platform and a few limited screens. It should be noted that in order to be eligible for an Oscar you must screen your movie in an actual theater, hence the limited theater run. Me thinks Netflix wants to slap their success in the Academy’s face.
Just looking at the trailer makes me long for the time where film was the norm in Hollywood, there’s such a depth to the colors and every shot feels alive. I doubt I’ll be able to see this in theaters but I’m eagerly awaiting the release on Netflix this fall.