brooks, i didn't catch that, the laughter during the screening room. will have to check out again. i do think i noticed, though i could be wrong, that this one man band did some clipping in the screening room sequence. seems to move better than i remember it in the afi, or german OMB, where ever i saw it last time.
i did notice the difference that the house burned down, then it was a wing that burned down. maybe it's one of those things where welles said he lost everything when his house burned down, but it was actually a wing, and the best way welles could cover his character flaw about possessions was to claim his house burned and he lost everything, and that ends the questions. was bogdanovich lying and made up the wing story? more colorful is that welles hated possessions, and claimed his house burned down as a way of shutting up reporters about unfinished films.
i think the wing burned and a few things burned. the rest of his stuff was left strewn about the odd corners, and exotic locations of the world. under hotel beds, under cluotier's bed, in hotel lost and found, in laboratories, in the back seats on cars, etc.
too bad richard wilson didn't have a bigger garage and welles could have mailed him everything.