There’s an intriguing report appearing in The New York Sun that will undoubtedly please Orson Welles fans everywhere:
‘One of American cinema’s lost masterpieces could finally reach theaters next year after a deal nears completion to edit and release Orson Welles’s final, uncompleted film, "The Other Side of the Wind," according to the director and actor Peter Bogdanovich. "The deal is 99.9% finished," Mr. Bogdanovich, a friend and biographer of Welles, said in an interview last month… The unedited negatives of the film have sat in a Paris vault for more than 30 years, unseen by anyone other than Welles, who died in 1985… But the negatives were entombed in France against Welles’s wishes after
he accepted funding for the movie from an Iranian financier, Mehdi
Bousheri, the brother-in-law of the former Shah…. Welles managed to smuggle a working copy of his film out of Paris, but
was denied access to the original negatives for the last 10 years of
his life… Mr. Bogdanovich said that the new deal, which will be completed within the next two months, satisfies all parties.’
For more on this potentially landmark deal, you’ll want to read the article in full.
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