Lindsay Lohan could just as well voice the narration, if Bogdanovich could get a performance out of her. Bogdanovich is inserting himself here, for reasons that I cannot fathom.
One day at lunch in Arizona, we were all sitting around, Orson, Oja, Frank Marshall and myself. Out of the blue, Orson turned to me and said, “if anything ever happens to me I want you to promise me you’ll finish the picture.” I said, “what a terrible thing to say. Why should anything happen to you?” He said, “I know, but just in case it does, I want you to promise me you’ll finish the picture.” I said, “okay, of course I will.” So when Orson died I felt it was incumbent on me to make good on my promise.
I detect a hint of understandable frustration in your post, and I think you may have misunderstood Glenn's comments in his first post above, which he wrote before he had seen the PB interview transcript. I think Glenn's first comments might have been slightly inaccurate in regards to what Bogdanovich said he may (or may not) be planning to do about the opening voice over narration.
LAWRENCE FRENCH: Last March in Florida, you announced that Showtime had finally green-lit plans to finish the editing work on The Other Side of the Wind. Since that time, I’ve heard stories that Oja Kodar had some kind of reservations about actually signing the final contract.
PETER BOGDANOVICH: No, it wasn’t Oja. I don’t want to go into details, but there were some rights we still needed, but hadn’t gotten. But Showtime is still going to go forward with the project. We just have to work out of few more of the rights issues. Since then, I’ve actually seen a lot of the footage I hadn’t seen before, because we got into Oja’s vault in Los Angeles which has all the positive footage. I’d only seen about 40 minutes of the film and now I’ve seen quite a lot of new footage. These are scenes we had shot but Orson never showed them to me. I still haven’t seen everything, because there is so much stuff to look at. It’s the dailies and so on and it looks great.
LAWRENCE FRENCH: What about the vault in Paris that houses the negative?
PETER BOGDANOVICH: We’re working on that still. There’s footage in Paris that I don’t think is here, so there’s a lot of material.
mido505 wrote:Poor Orson, so badly served in life, and in death, by the people who love him. This is amateur hour folks, pros get things done. If it has not been done by now, more that thirty years after production ended, and more than twenty years after Orson's death, it is not going to be done at all. Not by these people. Hope may spring eternal, but it should not have to last that long.
Glenn Anders wrote: We should trust not, and wish Bogdanovich well.
Whether or not THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND ever gets finished, it's rather bizarre how the whole story told in the film - about Jake Hannaford trying to finish his last movie - mirrors what has happened to Welles own last movie. Of course, Welles could have never foreseen this, but it's still a bit odd how life has imitated art.
In the film Jake dies when he's 70 and leaves behind an unfinished film called "The Other Side of the Wind." Jake's movie is a puzzle to most of the people who see it, just as Welles movie has been to all the studio executives and people who see excerpts from it and think it's too weird, experimental, or unusual.
Now, cineastes all over the world are still debating the fate of Welles film. Should it be finished? What's it all about? Is it about Welles? Is it a masterpiece or a mess?
Once again, all this debate was foreseen by Welles in his screenplay!
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