To say The Other Side of the Wind is experimental is an understatement – shot in 1970 it was meant to be Wells’ big comeback but continued into the 1980s and was caught up in various legal and financial troubles and languished in film purgatory, despite some attempts after his death, until Netflix gave it a new lease of life.
The plot is a film-within-a-film narrative, following the last day of a Hollywood director (assume based on Wells) as he hosts a screening of his last film (assume this film) and the film footage screened is his satire on avant-garde European and Hollywood cinema of 1970s.
How you feel about this film very much depends of your relationship with Wells and his work and history, it is ultimately a filmmakers film, and there is very little more than that, other than a period piece for the decline of classic Hollywood and the arrival of auteurs.
Definitely, a companion piece to the documentary They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead and The Other Side of the Wind scores mixed reviews from guests and Flixwatcher. Overall scoring 3.3, helped along by some solid fives from Matt.
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