The most popular Orson Welles video on You Tube, edging out the trailer for “Citizen Kane” and “The War of the Worlds” broadcast of 1938, is called “Orson Welles Drunk Outtake.” It shows him slurring his way through one of those ads in which he intoned, “Paul Masson will sell no wine before its time.” Whether he was drunk, experiencing the effects of medication (he suffered from diabetes and other ailments), or simply very tired is immaterial. This is largely how today’s culture has chosen to remember Welles: as a pompous wreck, a man who peaked early and then devolved into hackwork and bloated fiascos.
The video points to a decades-old fissure in the reputation of Welles, whose centennial fell on May 6th.
Neville’s documentary will focus on Welles’ relationship with Hollywood, particularly on “The Other Side of the Wind.” “‘The Other Side of the Wind’ has long been a ghostly legend in cinema history, but the story behind it is equally fascinating,” Neville said.
“I’m excited to be able to tell the incredible story behind this film and to explore what made Welles such an enduring figure.” “The Other Side of the Wind” was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar.
It will be a theatrical release as well.” Netflix has 75 million subscribers in 190 countries.