According to Lucy's post:
Orson Welles shot "Don Quixote" in the late 1950 and early 60's. He died in 1985. He had 25 years to complete the film but never bothered. This means that either he didn't think the film was worth completing, or he did complete it in secret and it is stored away somewhere."
This is the kind of totally inacurate statement and the kind of lack of familiarity with Welles work that makes some of us here want to tear our hair out. It's also, without a doubt, the kind of short-sighted "believe everything you hear thinking" that plagued Welles througout his career.
Some more examples:
"Did you also know that Orson Welles was Gay?
Did you know Welles also had several sons?
Oh, but I read that somewhere, so it must be true!"
Now, it seems to me, anyone with the slightest interest in Welles or his career would know that Welles loved Don Quixote, totally and completely, but because he was never beholden to a studio to complete the film, he didn't feel he needed to. As Welles said, why should I have to complete it, if I used my own money to film it?
It also seems to me, that people should know by now that many stories, articles books and movies have appeared about Welles, that have completely distorted the truth about what he actually said, did or wanted to do. The primary exhibit being Pauline Kael's essay in the CITIZEN KANE BOOK. Other Welles biographies filled with inaccurate information include:
Charles Higham's biography
David Thomson's disgraceful ROSEBUD.
But Welles certainly never claimed to have finished editing DON QUIXOTE... in fact it was just the opposite... he wanted to keep on working on it, and he claimed he didn't understand why he should have to answer the question, "When are you going to finish Don Quixote?" when it was a private project.
In my opinion, the truth about why he didn't finish it was not because he didn't want to, but because he didn't have the funds to do it properly, and also because he didn't want to show it until it was done to his satisfaction.
Now, Jess Franco's version obviously was not something he would every have condoned if he was alive, and Oja Kodar also never approved this version.
In fact, it's only becasue she kept control over the rights to QUIOXTE in the U.S., that the Franco abomination has never been allowed to be shown here.