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In the Air: Orson Welles's Unfinished 1972 Film, 'The Other Side of the Wind'

The world needs more Orson Welles, and we just might get it. Though quite the Renaissance man, Welles's directorial efforts always seemed to be struggles. Even after Citizen Kane began appearing on lists as the greatest film ever made, the debacles never seemed to end. Works such as Chimes at Midnight and The Deep are basically forgotten, Mr. Arkadin was slapped around and sort of released in several different cuts, whether on his own volition or not, he was uncredited for The Lady From Shanghai and Black Magic, and for crying out loud, his magnum opus The Magnificent Ambersons hasn't even seen the light of day on DVD!

This is just not fair.

Now, filmed in 1972, locked in a vault, never completely finished or properly edited, The Other Side of the Wind will most likely be available in the near future. A film about a director by a director starring other directors (John Huston, Claude Chabrol, Peter Bogdonavich), as well as Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar (Welles's lover at the time), Other Side was never released due to legal problems involving producers who are now selling their interests in the film.

John Huston's son, actor Danny Huston, has called the footage "fascinating", but there is still debate among the film's living collaborators as to whether it should be edited into cohesion, released raw, or released at all.

The likely outcome is that Bogdonavich, who received "extensive notes" regarding the editing during filming, will be putting it together. There is no information about a theatrical or DVD release, distribution, or rights at this time.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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