Orson Welles keeps stirring excitement, years after his death. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Welles' unfinished movie, "The Other Side of the Wind," now lying in bits and pieces in old-fashioned film cans, will be put together and released.
Along with Welles, the story of the film's revival encompasses a number of American creative icons. John Huston plays the lead role, apparently based on Ernest Hemingway. Peter Bogdanovich, like Welles an erratic film "genius," also plays a part, and will complete the film, relying on Welles' notes. Other stars include Dennis Hopper and Susan Strasberg.
Apparently, Welles did all of those TV wine commercials to make money for the film. Like many of his projects, "The Other Side of the Wind" ran afoul of the Hollywood studios. Even his lauded "Citizen Kane" was nearly destroyed by RKO Pictures.
The news comes out two days before Halloween, the day of Welles' famed "War of the Worlds" spoof that spooked a huge radio audience in the 1930s. The scares over ebola, ISIS and immigrants shows the country remains just as credulous.
Royal Road Entertainment, a Los Angeles production company that's won rights to "The Other Side of the Wind," hopes to have it ready for May 6, the 100th anniversary of Welles' birth, the Times said. The event should generate a lot of attention, although it's unlikely that many of today's movie-goers have more than a hazy idea of who Welles was.