Tony: I've just re-read my response to your post, and you are absolutely correct. I don't exactly know what set me off, some reference to MR. ARKADIN, possibly. But I was absolutely, off the wall!
I apologize, profusely.
[I study your remarks, and study them anew. I think my response only deals with some misinterpretation of your last couple of sentences, after actually not being able to stay on long enough with Todd to go to The Ha-Ra Club. A couple of Carl's Gin Gimlets would have taken care of me, probably sent me off to bed before replying to you. I'm depressed, I think.]
[I think, now a little later, that I've figured it out. I was alternately conflating a response to a post by keats, switching back and forth. That still doesn't make much sense, but that's what seems to have happened in my noir-crazed brain that evening.]
In answer to your question, Tony, part of this rejection of Welles must be generational. Welles' films are almost all in black and white, stark, confrontational, dealing with big subjects, and full of performances which, today, may seem to modern audiences, "over the top." In other words, Welles does not appeal to the last couple of generations of hedonists, who sneer at the true "big picture," and are only concerned with black and white over-simplification, not black and white pictures, but little color-drained or crayon-colored "indies" about "relationships." It is Ayn Rand, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, comics, video games, and a return to "robber baronism" which, above and beyond the above concerns, have appealed to them. In other words, the New Fascism, not what are called now "progressive politics" and humane values.
Todd Baesen put it very well. ". . . most people don't want to sit through a picture they found boring for a second time - especially if they are paying for it! So while I don't agree with it, I can fully understand the viewpoint of people who don't care to see a Welles movie."
And especially, when people like us are insisting that it is a "masterpiece!" (if they will give it time to sink in), and that Welles foresaw everything from the Modern American Theater to the Colbert Report and the coming of 9/11 (even if it may be true).
Anyway, I apologize to Tony and everyone for this one!