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Orson Welles's Last Movie

Orson Welles's Last Movie

The Making of The Other Side of the Wind

Josh Karp

St. Martin's Griffin

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In the summer of 1970, legendary but self-destructive director Orson Welles returned to Hollywood from years of self-imposed exile in Europe and decided it was time to make a comeback movie. Coincidentally, it was the story of a legendary self-destructive director who returns to Hollywood from years of self-imposed exile in Europe. Welles swore it wasn’t autobiographical.

The Other Side of the Wind was supposed to take place during a single day, and Welles planned to shoot it in eight weeks. It took six years, and remains unreleased and largely unseen. Orson Welles’s Last Movie is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes account of the bizarre, hilarious, and remarkable making of what has been called “the greatest home movie that no one has ever seen.” Funded by the shah of Iran’s brother-in-law, and based on a script that Welles rewrote every night for years, the film was a final attempt to one-up his own best work. It’s a production best encompassed by its star, John Huston, who described the making of the film as “an adventure shared by desperate men that finally came to nothing.”

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1970-1973

He was disappointed in the world. So he built one of his own.

-JEDEDIAH LELAND ON WHY CHARLES FOSTER KANE BUILT XANADU

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Praise for Orson Welles's Last Movie

"A dynamic account of the film’s making and eventual undoing."—The New Yorker

"Supremely entertaining ...[and]... an early contender for this year's best book about Hollywood."—Hollywood Reporter

"Fascinating...an in-depth account. [A] wonderful book." —The Wall Street Journal

"Meticulously researched."—Washington Post

"Excellent...this tale of the ultimate movie gone wrong could make for a pretty wonderful movie." -Entertainment Weekly

"Karp applies enthusiastic scholarship, with vivid narrative writing and just the right touch of can-you-believe-this-stuff? marvel." - New York Times Book Review

"Propulsive..." - New York Magazine

"A unique and compelling book."—Winnipeg Free Press

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About the author

Josh Karp

JOSH KARP is a journalist and writer who teaches at Northwestern University. His first book, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, won best biography of 2006 at both the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Midwest Book Awards. Karp is also the author of Straight Down the Middle. His writing has appeared in Salon, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair, among others. He lives in Glencoe, Illinois, with his family.

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