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.


F FOR FAKE
1974, Janus Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Orson Welles appears as "himself" (but which self? Master director? Magician? Media manipulator?) in this delightful essay on the nature of illusion, focusing on all types of fakery and fakers, including notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and fraudulent Howard Hughes biographer Clifford Irving. With Oja Kodar and Peter Bogdanovich.


LADY SINGS THE BLUES
1972, Paramount, 144 min, USA, Dir: Sidney J. Furie

Diana Ross earned an Oscar nomination for her feature debut as Billie Holiday in this loose adaptation of the legendary jazz singer’s autobiography. As she rises from Harlem brothel worker to Carnegie Hall headliner, Lady Day struggles with racism and drugs; Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, respectively, play the angel and the devil on her shoulders.


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