Journey around the world in Orson Welles' "new" film

The director, who had been missing since 1985, had left an unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, saved by the giant Netflix. It was shot in Orvilliers, France, but also in Spain, Phoenix, Carefree, Connecticut and of course Los Angeles.

The Other Side of the Wind, Orson Welles’ latest gift…

Orson Welles is a talented film director, who was also an actor and producer. His first feature film, Citizen Kane (1941) was a huge success that propelled the filmmaker’s career and influenced hundreds of others.

Between 1970 and 1976, he worked on a film that would remain unfinished, The Other Side of the Wind. The story is about an old film director, J.J. Hannaford, the result of a merger between John Ford and Ernest Hemingway. Hannaford returns to Los Angeles after spending several years on the Old Continent. He is about to finish a new film, and a party is organized in his honor, but the director dies a little later, aboard a sports car. Suicide or accident, the mystery remains.

Why did this film stay unfinished? There are many explanations, but according to the director, it is the fault of his Iranian associate, Mehdi Bousheri, who allegedly had his hands on the negative for several years, preventing the editing from being completed.

Why is this film resurfacing now, more than 40 years later? Production director Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza retrieved thousands of reels of the film in Paris and assembled the feature film according to Orson Welles’ notes and script.

Among the locations, the film was shot in Orvilliers in France, but also in Spain, Phoenix, Carefree, Connecticut and of course Los Angeles.

No wonder Orson Welles chose to shoot a few scenes in France. This one was madly in love with France. Even though he experienced many disappointments there, he still made it a favourite place of residence and filming location, like the Musée d’Orsay in Paris for Le Procès, an address not to be missed that we mention in our Paris guide of 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels.

The film is expected to arrive in November on the Netflix streaming platform, and is part of the official selection of the New York Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

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The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

The coolest guide in Paris!

The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.

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By Damien Duarte

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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