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A Book on the Other side of the Wind is on sale from Munich Filmuseum & cahiers du cinema

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1) Do you think "The Other Side of the Wind"? will ever be released

2) Bogdanovich' comments about what happened to old directors, apparently inspired welles to change the bull fighter story into TOSOTW. If someon has a scan of this from TIOW, please add here.

3) Please help put together a plot summary for The Other Side of the Wind! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Other_Side_of_the_Wind


From the first three pages of OW's original script: FADE IN: A STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF A SPORTS CAR - HIDEOUSLY TWISTED AND BROKEN - GUTTED WITH FIRE.


O.W.'s VOICE: That's the car... What was left of it after the accident... If it was an accident.


ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE WRECK


O.W.'s VOICE: The car was meant to be a present. Before he changed his mind, Hannaford was going to give it to the young leading actor of his last movie --

John Dale.


A PHOTO OF JOHN DALE


O.W.'s VOICE: Hannaford's supposed to have saved him -- at some earlier date -- from committing suicide.

Or so the story goes.


ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE WRECK... THEN A SERIES OF FLASH PICTURES MADE AT HANNAFORD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.


O.W.'s VOICE: Most of Hannaford's admirers are certain he did not intend to drive his car off that bridge.

"A corny ending" they say, "J.J. Hannaford would never be guilty of that.

There are other opinions...


A SERIES OF PLASH PICTURES OF GUESTS AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY...


O.W.'s VOICE: He died last summer on his birthday, July second -- It's much too early to guess what history will decide about him...

This was put together from many sources -- from all that footage shot by the TV and documentary film-makers -- and also the students, critics and young directors who happened to bring sixteen and eight millimeter cameras to his birthday party...


A FLASH PICTURE OF HANNAFORD.


O.W.'s VOICE: The choice of the material is an attempt to sketch a film likeness of the man himself as he looked -- through all those different viewfinders...


A "STILL" FROM HANNAFORD'S FILM.


O.W.'s VOICE: Hannaford's own unfinished motion picture is part of the testimony:

"The Other Side Of The Wind"...

It has been left just as it was when they screened it -- on the last day of his life.


THE FILM BEGINS...


ON A SCHOOL BUS WITH REPORTER'S AND JAKE'S CRONIES GOING TO THE BIRTHDAY PARTY OUT AT JAKE'S RANCH...


IN A STUDIO PROJECTION ROOM, ONE OF JAKE'S STOOGES, BILLY, SHOWS THE HEAD OF A STUDIO SCENES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, JAKE'S FILM IN PROGRESS...


LONG SCENES FROM JAKE'S FILM IN PROGRESS SHOW JOHN DALE AND AN INDIAN ACTRESS IN A PARODY OF AN ANTONIONI FILM...


DRIVING TO THE PARTY IN HIS SPORTS CAR, JAKE IS QUESTIONED BY TWO REPORTERS IN THE BACK SEAT OF HIS PORSCHE...


JAKE MAKES HIS 'GRAND' ENTRANCE AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE HOT YOUNG DIRECTOR BROOKS OTTERLAKE...


DURING THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, SCENES FROM JAKE'S MOVIE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND ARE SHOWN...


The Baron is in the projection room, preparing to show footage to the assembled guests. One sequence shows John Dale and the Indian actress having sex in the front seat of a car being driven through the rain by a third man, who calmly ignores this display of passion. After the actress slowly pulls open John Dale's pants, they begin having intercourse, until the driver suddenly becomes incensed and stops the car. A scuffle ensues, ending with John Dale being thrown from the car by the driver into the pouring rain.

Another scene projected at the party shows John Dale standing naked on the back lot of a unfinished studio set. As he starts putting on his pants, the red Indian actress approaches him. She leads him to an old bed frame with no mattress - only rusty springs - allowing the ensuing sex scene to be shot from below at a low angle. Amid the sets of the studio back lot they lie down and begin to make love, while all through the scene, Hannaford is directing the actors from off screen on how to play it, giving his directions in a increasingly negative tone to John Dale--

HANNAFORD: That's it, Johnny, move your hand slowly across her thigh. Johnny, really stick your tongue in her mouth!

Finally as Hannaford's directions become more and more abusive, John Dale reaches his breaking point. He jumps up from the bed and runs off down the dirt street of the back lot town, stark naked, as Hannaford continues taunting him: "That's it, leave now and you'll never work in this town again... Keep the camera rolling boys, I want a complete record of this."

Cut back to the party where the scene is being projected. The camera pans across the faces of all of Jake's cronies who are standing silently in the semi-darkness, lit only by the light of the movie projector shining it's light onto the screen.

Later at the party Jake is talking to his old friend, the German actress Zarah Valeska, who is seen reclining on a sofa. Jake refers to Zarah as “Mother” and he obliquely acknowledges that he often destroys the talent he has discovered and nurtured - as everyone present has just witnessed when John Dale has walked off the set of Jake’s picture in progress.


ZARAH VALESKA PRESENTS JAKE WITH HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE COVERED WITH 70 CANDLES...


AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, SEVERAL FILM DIRECTORS - INCLUDING PAUL MAZURSKY, DENNIS HOPPER, HENRY JAGLOM, CURTIS HARRINGTON, CLAUDE CHABROL AND MONTE HELLMAN ARE DISCUSSING THE IMPACT HANNAFORD'S MOVIES HAVE HAD ON THEM.


DURING THE PROJECTION OF JAKE'S MOVIE AT THE PARTY, THE POWER AT THE RANCH GOES OUT...


THE ASSEMBLED GUESTS GET IN THEIR CARS AND PROCEED TO A DRIVE-IN THEATER WHERE THE SCREENING OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND WILL CONTINUE...

AT THE DRIVE-IN THEATER JAKE DECIDES TO LEAVE AND CRASHES HIS CAR BEHIND THE SCREEN...


THE END

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