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The New, Other Side of Movie-Watching

For a “Throwback Thursday” to remember, I–well, Netflix–present to you the trailer for the final film by Orson Welles titled ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ that will finally make its worldwide premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival tomorrow after around 40 years of tinkering.

‘The Other Side of the Wind’ will premiere on Netflix on November 2.

Going Inside the Theatrical Snow Globe

Do you think movie trailers are long today at around 2 1/2 minutes?

Travel back to 1941 (a few years ago) and then add another minute to the audience’s first glance at a film.

Well, a glance behind the curtain of the film that hasn’t been released to the public.

Perhaps back in the old days, this burgeoning new medium known as cinema required such transparency to succeed with the masses? Seventy-seven-years later, what do you think of the first trailer for this little-known indie flick.

Believe it or not Ripley, but the set-up to the trailer in the trailer as the trailer spotlights a certain kind of movie magic and charm.

They sure don’t make movies movie trailers like this anymore.

Happy Throwback Thursday! 

Well(es), That Happened

“Wait, what was wrong?” was probably bouncing around the head of Orson Welles nearly 78 years ago.

Wednesday is a great day to wonder. For instance, did Orson Welles invent the viral video (technically, viral broadcasting)?

The radio broadcast “War of the Worlds” (adapted from author H.G. Wells) caused an uproar with the American public on the evening of October 30, 1938 because of the realism conveyed through the audible airwaves. In 2016, the equivalent would be staging and enacting a fake global war on TV with vivid, realistic detail and unimaginable consequence and panic. The hysteria generated by the “War of the Worlds” broadcast is still widely viewed today with incomparable impact.

Question: Have you seen Orson Welles respond to journalists following “War of the Worlds”?

Jimmy’s Daily Planet has the scoop from that famous Sundae Sunday night broadcast.

Rosebud…

Actually, Rosebud has no relevance here. This blog post is about Orson Welles, so it felt right.

Reflecting on the power of mass communication, it makes one cogitate the possibility of a cinematic equivalence occurring in the modern era? With the instantaneous and cross-checking nature of social media and Google, could anything similar to the radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” happen again? Even if unintentional?

Either way, as Frasier Crane would say, “I’m listening.”