Orson Welles's Last Movie

Author(s): Josh Karp


Come Along...with Orson Welles as he returns to Hollywood in Summer 1970, to make an innovative comeback movie, The Other Side of the Wind, about a legendary director who wants to make an innovative comeback movie. Watch...Welles attempt to create a Citizen Kane-like masterpiece that will restore his career. See...Welles at his most Wellesian: clever, crazed; masterful, maniacal; kind, cruel; enlightened, enraged; in command and out of control. Costarring John Huston...the hard-drinking, cigar-smoking adventurer and filmmaker who portrays Jake Hannaford, the hard-drinking, cigar-smoking adventurer and filmmaker at the center of the film. Running Time: A two-hour movie...about a single day...that was supposed to shoot in eight weeks...but took six years to complete...and remains unreleased forty years later. Tied up for years in convoluted negotiations and complicated legal wrangling, the partially edited film has been seen by only a handful of people. Some believe it's a lost masterpiece; others find it completely unfathomable.
Orson Welles's Last Movie is an account of the strange, remarkable, and often brilliant production of what has been called "the greatest home movie that no one has ever seen." It's the story of a film that began with art imitating life and morphed into a tale of life imitating art - best described by its star, John Huston, as "an adventure shared by desperate men that finally came to nothing."


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A behind the scenes account of the making of Orson Welles's ill-fated comeback movie "The Other Side of the Wind."

A maverick director, shady dealings, and the Iranian revolution make up the often incredible true story behind The Other Side of the Wind. Packed with revealing first-hand accounts, Orson Welles's Last Movie recounts the making and downfall of the ill-fated comeback of the film industry's most talented prodigal son.--Ray Kelly, Wellesnet.com

JOSH KARP is a journalist and writer who teaches at Northwestern University. His first book, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, " 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: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing." His writing has appeared in "Salon," "The Atlantic," "and" "Newsweek" among others.

General Fields

  • : 9781250092342
  • : St. Martin's Griffin
  • : August 2016
  • : 210mm X 139mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Josh Karp
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 791.4372
  • : 352
  • : 8 illustrations, 8 page colour photograph insert