Finally just saw Bogdanovich's version of One Man Band, and there are some strange differences betwwen it and the original by Vassili Silovic; for example, PB includes all of the F For Fake trailor, whereas the Silovic version only has about the last 31/2 minutes; PB's material from the AFI ceremony looks really good, but Silovic's looks borrowed; but PB's sex scene from TOSOTW looks really bad, like a video dub of a dub of a dub of a dub, whereas Silovic's is slightly scratched but has very good colour and is brighter; of course Peter includes more of some things (such as snippetts of TOSOTW), but less of others to make the room (for example he doesn't include the "British Tailors" or the 3rd "Moby Dick" excerpt). And surprisingly PB's voice is mixed far too loud in relation to the other audio material, but perhaps they adjusted this before airing; my copy is actually a Showtime promo.
Interestingly, PB's narration and more or less linear editing is more in sync with an American ethos, whereas Silovic's version is more philosophically written and more abstractly, non-linearly edited. And Peter is more optimistic about the future of Welles's ouvre, esp. TOSOTW, whereas Silovic is pessimistic, and doubts that that picture will ever be released. Peter also corrects some info, such as Silovic's claim that Welles's house never burned down though Welles mythologized that it did, whereas PB states the house didn't completely burn down, but Robert Shaw did actually burn a wing down. And finally, I noticed that OK states that OW always took 2 things with him on trips: an editing board and...in Silovic's version, she implies that it is a picture frame. But PB interjects at precisely that point and says: "A 35mm camera".
Actually, Peter has done a bit of an Orson here, editing Silovic's film and narrating it, shuffling pieces and changing meaning, just as Welles did with Francois Reichenbach's material for "F For Fake."
So now we have two "One Man Band" documentaries, with different editing, different narration, some different material, and a lot of the same material. And oh yes: the same creepy music, (albeit mixed way down in PB's version).
How appropriate for Orson Welles. :;):
P.S.: I noticed an interesting little credit at the end: "Licensed, but not approved by, the Orson Welles estate". Hmmmmmm....what does that mean?