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'Bowfinger' And 'Ed Wood' Among The 10 Best Films About Filmmaking

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There's always a humorous irony with films about making other films. At least three of this sub-genre have been released in the last year, and it was recently proposed that Netflix would be officially releasing the long-shelved Orson Welles project 'The Other Side of the Wind'.

Here are ten of our favourite films about filmmaking:

'Their Finest' stars Gemma Arteron and Sam Claflin'Their Finest' stars Gemma Arteron and Sam Claflin

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Why Netflix Getting To Finish Orson Welles' Last Movie Is So Important

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More than 30 years after the death of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Netflix has landed the rights to complete and reshoot his final movie 'The Other Side Of The Wind', which has remained incomplete since principal photography ended in 1976. Film buffs everywhere are eagerly awaiting the release.

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There's something deeply significant about Orson Welles finally getting a posthumous release of his labour of love 'The Other Side of the Wind'. In his lifetime, production of the flick was marred by sudden departures of cast and crew, lack of funding and legal issues - but it seems his ghost is finally being put to rest with its eventual distribution.

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Long Lost Orson Welles Film Could Be Released Next Year

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One of the great long-lost movies of all time could at last be set for release in 2015. Legendary director and actor Orson Welles’ unfinished final film The Other Side of the Wind is mooted for a full theatrical release by May 6th, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941)

Veteran producer Frank Marshall has apparently joined forces with Royal Road Entertainment in order to approach the heir of Welles’ estate – his daughter Beatrice – and his old collaborator Oja Kodar to secure the rights to the unfinished film. With the help of modern production and editing technology and Welles’ extensive notes that he left behind, missing and half-finished scenes will be restored.

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The Wire Named No. 1 TV Show Of All Time By Entertainment Weekly

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The hit Baltimore-set crime series The Wire has been chosen by Entertainment Weekly as the greatest television show of all time in a recent poll compiled by the magazine. The HBO series, which ran for six seasons between 2002 and 2008, battled off competiton from comedies, sci-fi classics and fellow crime dramas to be singled out as the greatest show ever-made, with EW also ordering the greatest movie, album, book and stage play of all time too.

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West starred as Det. Jimmy McNulty in The Wire

The David Simon-helmed police drama was described as the "most sustained narrative in television history" by EW as it beat off competition from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, the Mary Tyler Moorse Show and The Sopranos, who finished off the top five of the top ten countdown. Earlier this year, The Sopranos, which starred the late James Gandolfini, was chosen by the Writers Guild of America as the greatest television show of all time, but clearly the writers of EW had a different opinion. All In The Family, The Andy Griffith Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men and Your Show of Shows made up the rest of the top ten.

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Casino Royale (1967) Review

Though great he may be, there is a limit to the amount of uninterrupted Burt Bacharach music one can endure. And sadly, that limit -- of music punctuated by kazoos, harpischords, and accordions -- is far less than 137 minutes.

There's also a limit on the length of a spy spoof one can sit through (the second Austin Powers and Richard Grieco's If Looks Could Kill being the few notable, yet guilty, exceptions). That limit tends to run about 58 minutes.

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The Transformers: The Movie Review

By any sane criteria, The Transformers is a terrible, terrible movie. It has some of the worst feature film animation ever passed off on audiences anywhere, and its plot (Autobots vs. Decepticons by way of a planet-munching giant robot called Unicron) is as threadbare as anything Saturday morning has ever delivered.

But The Transformers has earned a cult following, for a couple of reasons. First it's the only Transformers-themed movie ever made. In case you weren't a kid in the '80s, Transformers were immensely popular toys that could change from some common item (usually a truck or a plane) into a robot. With lasers. Cartoons followed, then the movie.

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Genocide Review

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Few Holocaust documentaries have the pedigree of Genocide, which rises above literally hundreds of similar productions thanks to soulful narration from Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor. There are few insights here that you can't get in slicker productions (and in fact, some of the minor details mentioned in the film are in dispute), but the steady pace and penetrating focus on the Jewish experience in WWII makes the film definitely worth checking out. The film notably won a Best Documentary Oscar, to boot.

Mr. Arkadin Review

Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin is one of those films that is much more interesting in how it got made than in the final product. Just about every aspect of it is shrouded in mystery and confusion, starting with the original plot, which (arguably) began with a radio play called "The Lives of Harry Lime," which Welles adapted into a novel, was translated a couple of times, and eventually became a script. for a film. The film was painstakingly produced in a typical trouble-filled Welles affair, full of lawsuits and ownership issues that resulted in at least seven versions of the film being produced for various markets, in various languages, and by various producers. Even the title is changed from time to time.

Criterion has unearthed this saga for an exhaustive DVD box set, which features two versions of the film (including one called Confidential Report), plus its own cut of the movie, which combines elements of all the seven versions into a "comprehensive" version of the film. Welles' novel is included in whole, too, along with umpteen essays about the curious backstory of Arkadin and its long road to DVD.

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Touch Of Evil Review

God, I love Charlton Heston movies. He can always be relied on to give an, er, square-jawed performance. He's appropriately square-jawed here, with a pencil-thin moustache and a swaggering demeanor. Yes, sir. You want to make a compulsively watchable movie, you throw old Chuck a bone and cast him in the lead role.

On top of that, Touch of Evil makes him a Mexican! I love it! Charlton Heston plays a Mexican detective!

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F For Fake Review

I've never seen another film like F for Fake, and if you invest a quick 90 minutes in it I'll wager you'll come away with the same dazed and breathless feeling that I had.

F for Fake was, depending on how you look at it, Orson Welles last feature film as a director, and -- as Peter Bogdanovich describes it in an insightful introduction -- it's not quite a documentary but rather a "documentary essay" about trickery and fraud in its various incarnations.

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