Orson Welles’ archives of unfinished/never released movies and the last years of his life from the perspective of Oja Kodar (life and artistic partner Of Orson Welles in his last years). She discovers with the viewer many of the projects that Orson never completed or short movies that he never released : The Magic Show, Swinging London (and its segment the one man band that gives its title to the documentary), Vienna, The Merchant of Venice, Moby Dick, The Deep, The other Side of the Wind, The Dreamers. Oja returns to Orson’s abandoned house in Orvilliers (France) where she discovers more of his writings during the preparation of the Moby Dick project. Despite the destruction of squatters, Orson’s work still remains after all these years; despite the discouragement of Hollywood producers and of financial problems, the talent of Welles still remains clearly visible in this unfinished movies. –IMDb
Born as Olga Palinkaš in 1941 in Zagreb (Croatia), Kodar was the partner and lover of Orson Welles during the last twenty-four years of his life. They met in her birthplace, and hometown, of Zagreb in 1961, when Welles was in the city filming The Trial. She was around twenty years of age. Kodar now manages Welles’ estate.
Kodar co-wrote the script of Welles’ documentary film, F for Fake (uncredited). She appeared in the film as herself. She later co-directed and co-wrote the 1995 German-French documentary Orson Welles: The One-Man Band. For this film, she supervised a compilation of unused footage shot by Welles over the final 20 years of his career. Kodar is interviewed in Los Angeles and in Orvilliers, France where they shared a house. This documentary is included on the Criterion Collection DVD release of F For Fake.
According to the documentary, Kodar performed in at least three films that Welles worked on in the 1970s, but which were never released: The Other Side… read more