You show us this magnificent talent, this accomplished artist, a man who changed every form of major American media, much admired in the greater world, staggering around wearing padded silks, and strange hats, in a spurious costume drama, so he can finance his own projects and keep himself afloat.
That is some kind of tragedy. Not unique, but a tragedy, all the same.
The classical tragic esthetic is a wonderful philosophical and existencial literary tradition - I love Aeschylus - Certainly tragedy is a fundamental theme in Welles' films - they're essentially one big series of variations on a tragic theme - (although I wonder what it would be like to read all of Welles' 60 or so unfilmed screen plays - would it be a constant tragic leitmotive, or more like Shakespeare, a mix of tragedy, comedy, history, romance?) and I'm not arguing that there are important tragic aspects to Welles' life - my point of contention is more to the degree of our silver screen Lucifer's fall from grace. (My main difficulty is how does one encapsulate to vastness of Welles' life in a manageable single presentation? My favorite solution would be something like 2 4-hour DVD's - one presenting a biography of Welles' - using the maximum of audio-visuals - interviews, pictures, etc... and a second DVD with a chronological 'best of' series of clips covering as much as possible in all media, his own films, uncredited in other films, acting monologues, talk show performances, etc...) But the question seems to have considerable legs, so I opened a separate thread in the General Discussion area to see if it can fly on its own tragic wings of destiny...
Evidently, to have tragedy one as to have a prior triumph, to have a fall, there need be a prior rise, so I like to keep in mind both sides of the coin i.e. triumph/tragedy - rise/fall.
Any thoughts on this?