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Orson Welles's final movie, The Other Side of the Wind, started filming in 1970 but by the time of his death in 1985 had not been released. It was finally released by Netflix in 2018. This documentary details the making of the movie and the problems Welles had in completing and releasing it.Written by
The filmmakers explicitly state at the end of this documentary that the greatest contribution of 'Other Side of the Wind' may be that Orson Welles created the modern documentary film. While we can debate whether that was his intent with OSOTW, the fact is that documentaries have been around since before the 1920s. Documentaries were always very popular way before Orson commenced work on OSOTW. No attempt is made to illustrate why OSOTW may have changed the way we view documentaries from before that time (assuming they meant to say Welles changed the style of documentaries, as opposed to claiming he created documentaries in general, which may be a generous interpretation). See more »
But that doesn't take away that they did a good job
I was doing OK with this entertaining, very original documentary remembering a brilliant movie genious ... until I started feeling dizzy and somehow nauseaus with so many quick changes of very different artistic scenes put together. Wells's movies had a fast pace: this documentary is even faster and weirder.
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