Scouring the local bookstore I was immediately drawn to the latest issue (Fall/winter 2001) of Guerrilla Filmmaker, thanks to the mischievous mug of mr. O. Welles himself. The magazine -- of which I'd never seen before, but has been publishing for two years now, apparently -- is celebrating whom they call the giant of guerrilla filmmakers. They've got a feature/essay on 'Citizen Kane... At Least it Was His', an interview with Bogdanovich, another feature called 'God How They'll Love Me When I'm Dead', and an old interview with Gregg Toland called 'How I Broke the Rules in Citizen Kane.'
I've only finished the first two subjects, and while they don't add anything to what's already part of our lexicon here at Everything's Welles that Begins With Welles.
Here's a good quote from Bogdanovich:
"(Welles) thought Chimes at Midnight was his best film. He had played it on stage in the 30s, then again in the early 60s, and wanted to play it on the big screen for years. It is probably the best film; it's hard to get a print of it though. The people (with the rights) haven't got a clue (and they're hard to track down; we don't entirely know who owns it). We did a documentary for Showtime. [When we approached the owners to use the footage, they wanted to charge] $35,000 for one minute. Showtime offered to show the film instead, but they turned it down. The owners just wanted the cash. It's barely been seen, and not available on VHS."
Pete goes on to mention the new Citizen Kane dvd, saying "I recorded commentary on DVD which I can't imagine is any good but they liked it."
And best of all, he had this to say about OSOTW: "The movie's quite amazing. I played the second lead. Its been shot, just never finished editing because of the legal problems between the heirs to the film and the money people. People never could agree, but things are moving quicker now. It's closer now than it's ever been. There's an American company that's close to closing the deal."
He notes that Othello is likely the first independent American movie, giving birth to the whole scene and leading to John Cassavetes 10 years later.
Sorry, I haven't written the other two articles, but I was so jammed from seeing this last bit I just had to sit down and share my joy... Maybe 2002 is the year!