Special Presentations | 131 min | 2020


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About the Film

A real, intimate, and revelatory 1970 conversation between film giants Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles over a long, boisterous dinner. Filmed during the guerrilla shooting of Welles’s troubled, long-in-the-making The Other Side of the Wind (and Hopper’s own difficult editing of The Last Movie), the discussion gracefully oscillates between questions like: “Is a director a creator or a magician? Will America survive its own violence?” The two address topics of liberation, radical chic, and political sincerity, making their old conversation more relevant than ever. The film was presented for the first time at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Special Presentations
Year 2020
Length 131 min
Language English
Country United States

Film Credits

Director Orson Welles
Cinematography Gary Graver
Editing Bob Murawski
Producer Jon Anderson, Jonathan Gardner, Wojciech Janio, Bob Murawski, Filip Jan Rymsza
Production Company Royal Road Entertainment (Filip Jan Rymsza), Grindhouse Releasing, Fixafilm
Sound Design
Sound Jussi Tegelman
Cast Dennis Hopper, Orson Welles

Film Contacts

Directed by: Orson Welles

Orson Welles was born in Wisconsin in 1915, and grew up surrounded by artists and intellectuals. At school, he honed his already evident gifts for drama. When he turned 16, he went to Ireland to become hired by the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and began to work in theater and radio when he returned to the United States. In 1938, he achieved instant fame with the renowned radio broadcast The War of the Worlds. In 1941, he earned worldwide recognition by directing and starring in Citizen Kane. He then went on to make many celebrated films, including Othello (1951), which won the Palme d’Or at the 5th Cannes Film Festival.