PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Bob Murawski and Jan Filip Rymsza, editor and producer of the film The Other Side of the Wind.
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Interview with editor Bob Murawski and producer Filip Jan Rymsza about the special premiere screening of Orson Welles lost epic, The Other Side of the Wind, at the 2018 Venice Film Festival. Rymsza tells us the story of the film and where the wealth of footage was found, while Murawski tells us about his reaction to this original material and the various challenges involved in the process of putting the cinematic mosaic together – especially considering that its filmmaker, Welles, died back in 1985. Murawski also received the newly established Campari Passion for Film Award in Venice.
The Other Side of the Wind: In 1970, legendary director Orson Welles began filming what would ultimately be his final cinematic opus with a cast of luminaries that included John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Welles’s partner during his later years, Oja Kodar. Beset by financial issues, the production ultimately stretched to 1976 and soon gained industry-wide notoriety, never to be completed or released. More than a thousand reels of film languished in a Paris vault until March 2017, when producers Frank Marshall (who served as a production manager on Wind during in its initial shooting) and Filip Jan Rymsza spearheaded efforts to have Welles’s vision completed more than 30 years after his death. Featuring a new score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and assembled by a technical team including Oscar- winning editor Bob Murawski, The Other Side of the Wind tells the story of famed filmmaker J.J. “Jake” Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood after years in self-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie. A satire of the classic studio system as well as the new establishment who were shaking things up at the time, Welles’s final film is both a fascinating time capsule of a now-distant era in moviemaking as well as the long-awaited “new” work from an indisputable master of his craft.