Preview, Netflix presents Orson Welles’ final “unfinished” film — “The Other Side of the Wind”

I don’t know where Netflix got involved in the process, if their millions helped round up and finish (with shots still missing) a film notorious for being “lost” in this fire or that hasty/didn’t pay his rent and fled Orson Welles move.

It’s not just his final film “in the can,” it’s a last look at performers from John Huston and Mercedes McCambridge to Edmond O’Brien and that young whippersnapper Peter Bogdanovich.

Lilli Palmer and Paul Stewart and Cameron Mitchell and Susan Strasberg — all these people who worked on this fits-and-starts film over the years — here they are, preserved on celluloid, “lost” performances or snippets of performance, resurrected like The Great Man Himself with this final finished/finally finished movie about a movie maker in the winter of his career.

But as for Netflix? Bless them for getting “The Other Side of the Wind” into homes this Nov. 2.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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