i’ve been waiting for forty-three years to say this

I just saw The Other Side of the Wind.

I will review it eventually, I’m sure, to add to my Orson Welles movie reviews. Not yet — definitely not yet. It’s a lot to process all at once, partly because of the 43-year wait, and all the Welles stuff that moves through it (the parallels to his own life, the actors who were in other of his films, the role that was clearly supposed to be played by his friend Marlene Dietrich), and partly because, even apart from all that, it’s a very complex film, with a lot of characters and a lot of different types of film (8mm, 16mm, 35mm, color and black & white) and a lot of cuts (I read somewhere that the average time between cuts is seven seconds).

Since I saw it, I’ve read a lot of reviews. None of them really nailed it — but I think that may just be because it’s un-nailable. At least not this soon — this is going to take a while to absorb, not just for me.

I was going to end with a few random comments, but no. That will come later, too.

Here’s the trailer again.

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