Hiya Fellas: You may be interested in this clipping from the Movie Insider Column (Ruthie Stein & Carla Meyer) of the San Francisco CHRONICLE, Sunday, July 27, 2003, Page O-1 (Column 1, bottom of the page):
Winding up Welles' Work: "The Other Side of the Wind," ORSON WELLES' final, unfinished project, will have a second wind after all. Powerhouse producer FRANK MARSHALL, who worked on "Wind" with the legendary director, has tapped Welles pal and scholar PETER BOGDANOVICH to finish the project, or at least build a documentary around existing footage.
Welles toiled on the film for more than a decade, traversing the talk-show circuit for cash and even enlisting a relative of the shah of Iran to bankroll his vision. "Wind" concerns a brilliant but unbankable director, played by JOHN HUSTON in his last screen appearance. Filming was complete but the picture still unedited when Welles died in 1985.
"My feeling is that this was (Welles') last project, and he didn't really want to finish it," Marshall said. "The movie is about a director at the end of his life, so it's not very hard to draw a corollary between the two."
Marshall's memories of participating on the film in Graver's WORKING WITH ORSON WELLES are amusing and affectionate: one more case of Welles discovering talent. I don't know if I agree with him in his assessment of Welles' motivation; our favorite director worked on the project for over a decade while he did other things, hardly the mark of a man who considered himself finished; but Marshall has the power through his Dreamworks connections to see Bogdanovich gets adequate capital.
Let's hope they decide to actually put together a finished film.
Then, indeed, we shall be able to say, at long last: "All's Welles That Ends Welles!"
Regards, as always.