Dear Alan Smithee:
what a nice post you have given us- very evocative! And yes- Welles' ironic eyes- and that cheshire cat grin- very well said. Also, what you wrote reminds me of Welles problems in Brazil, of course- the Brazilian govt. didn't want the real life of the people shown, but only the american fantasy of the "folk-life" of the "locals".
Very nice post!!!