THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND
2018, Netflix, 122 min, USA/France/Iran, Dir: Orson Welles

Legendary director Jake Hannaford (John Huston) celebrates his 70th birthday - which also happens to be the final day of his life - with a Hollywood party to end all Hollywood parties, a gathering in which the aging filmmaker confronts friends, enemies and his own demons in a whirlwind of vibrant celebration and scathing bitterness. Director Orson Welles calls back to his own CITIZEN KANE with another portrait of a larger-than-life titan, while also riffing on European art cinema of the era and looking forward to the new Hollywood that was already eclipsing his own. Peter Bogdanovich stars as a fictionalized version of himself - a hot young director surpassing his idol in terms of success and prestige - as do other major filmmakers and historians like Paul Mazursky, Dennis Hopper, Henry Jaglom and Joseph McBride. A love and hate letter to Hollywood that still looks modern more than 40 years after Welles began it, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND is a late masterpiece by one of the greatest directors who ever lived.


78/52
2017, IFC Midnight, 91 min, Dir: Alexandre O. Philippe

The shower scene in PSYCHO is accepted as one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most masterful achievements, both technically and in terms of storytelling. This new documentary puts the scene under a microscope, covering its every angle with expert interviews and technical analysis. Through personal stories from filmmakers, actors and fans ranging from Elijah Wood to Peter Bogdanovich, this meditation and celebration of Hitchcock and his legendary shocker paints a picture of a late-’50s film world on the brink of change and shows how PSYCHO delivered that change.


NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS
2008, Cinema Libre Studio, 86 min, USA, Dir: James Chressanthis

The New Hollywood cinema of the 1970s owes much of its look to a pair of Hungarian film school refugees, Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. This documentary by fellow cinematographer Chressanthis is a loving tribute to these two lifelong friends and master craftsmen, with interviews from such colleagues as Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Donner and Dennis Hopper and clips from classic films shot by Kovacs and Zsigmond, including EASY RIDER, THE DEER HUNTER and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.


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