Here's the opening narration of OSOTW that was originally meant to be spoken by Orson Welles. Now however, here's how it would play if it were spoken by Peter Bogdanovich, playing Brooks Otterlake:
A STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF A SPORTS CAR - HIDEOUSLY TWISTED AND BROKEN - GUTTED WITH FIRE.
That's the car... What was left of it
after the accident... If it was an
ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE WRECK
The car was meant to be a present.
Before he changed his mind, Hannaford
was going to give it to the young
leading actor of his last movie --
A PHOTO OF JOHN DALE
Hannaford's supposed to have saved
him -- at some earlier date -- from
Or so the story goes.
ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE WRECK... THEN A SERIES OF FLASH PICTURES MADE AT HANNAFORD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.
Most of Hannaford's admirers are
certain he did not intend to drive
his car off that bridge.
"A corny ending" they say, "J.J.
Hannaford would never be guilty
There are other opinions...
A SERIES OF PLASH PICTURES OF GUESTS AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY...
Jake Hannaford was a vagabond...
He worked for Hollywood but he
took his cameras around the world...
When he didn't find himself in
the tropical jungles, the icy
tundra's, or a country where
it was hunting season, the place
where he felt most “at home”
was in Spain... He died
last summer on his birthday,
July second - It's much too early
to guess what history will decide
A FLASH PICTURE OF HANNAFORD.
This was put together from many
sources -- from all that footage
shot by the TV and documentary
film-makers -- and also the students,
critics and young directors who
happened to bring sixteen and eight
millimeter cameras to his birthday
The choice of the material is an
attempt to sketch a film likeness
of the man himself as he looked --
through all those different
A "STILL" FROM HANNAFORD'S FILM.
Hannaford's own unfinished motion
picture is part of the testimony:
"The Other Side Of The Wind"...
It has been left just as it was
when they screened it -- on the
last day of his life.
THE FILM BEGINS...
The flashbacks begin with Jake shooting a scene for his movie in progress, depicting a Turkish steam bath. After the filming ends, the cast and crew gather outside a studio sound stage to board a school bus that will take everyone to Jake's ranch house for his birthday party. Hannaford's numerous assistants (Matt, Pat, Maggie and the Baron) shepherd the various groups toward the bus, including several scantily clad starlets who have been shooting the nude steam bath scene, as well as a sizable group of dwarves. Also present are numerous members of the entertainment media, buzzing like bees around the beehive.