The Lost Orson Welles Film Likely Coming to a Theatre Near You

There’s an intrigu­ing report appear­ing in The New York Sun that will undoubt­ed­ly please Orson Welles fans every­where:

Orsonwelles_2‘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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