It’s impossible to ignore the excitement that has followed the lost Orson Welles film. “The Other Side of the Wind” was acquired and assembled by Netflix, making its debut more than 40 years after it began production. After Welles passed away, it seemed like the feature had been lost to time. That makes the debut of the feature at the Venice Film Festival so surprising and exciting.
— Max Borg (@IMDBorg) August 31, 2018
The lost Orson Wells film #TheOtherSideOfTheWind had really great and really terrible moments. The movie-inside-the-movie was more interesting than the film itself. Worth seeing as a curiosity. #Venice75
— Nicholas Kalikow (@NicholasK_LA) August 31, 2018
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) August 31, 2018
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 31, 2018
The reviews seem to be mixed, but ultimately the story around this film will never be the quality of the reviews. After all, a master like Orson Welles never got a chance to finish his film. Instead, expect more discussion about the making of the film, and the process to “complete” it based on the footage.
Despite that, it is exciting to note that some are very high on the feature. The fact that anything even remotely coherent was possible based on the footage is a miracle in its own right. With performances finally surfacing after 40 years of dust, expect cinephiles around the world to rejoice. It is an exciting time to see the narrative and story unfold.