but jaime c, first of all, i agree with everything you said about me.
i was not refering to what jardin said about the trailer, if you scroll up a bit you will see that i am not a fan of the 9 minute trailer either. i called jardin prissy because of this:
"Furthermore, Gary Graver shamelessly pads this superficial study with a series of innocuous screen tests as well as a full-length trailer for Citizen Kane"
he calls the documentary a superficial study. he says 'innocuous screen tests.' do we need to see a pair of welles' huge BVDs so it's not superficial? AMERICAN MASTERS documentaries, and THE GODFATHER dvd set have screen tests, and slates all over it. is that shameless padding?
these welles projects have such little commercial interest, unless you are writing sensationalist stuff. so when some smarmy critic kicks it around a well meaning project, it angers me.
one that takes up a welles project, it's not for the money. i didn't know just how little commercial interest a welles project had till last week. i had a visit from a writer now working on a welles bio. he is a known writer. i got 17 hits on his name in amazon. a writer like me writes the book first, then tries to sell it. he writes a proposal for a book, then shops it around. meaning he's proven, he has a track record. he said he was shocked at how uninterested publishers are in a welles project. he was almost going to give up on it when he finally got a publisher.
so when something on welles comes out, something well meaning, not a higham, callow, or thomson, i feel protective over it. it's like kicking a family member. those comments by jardin seem to me very nasty. and after reading those 2 or 3 sentences from his review i don't think i need to read the rest of it. it's obvious where it's going. in fact, judging from that jardin quote, i think he fits what you said about me:
"the Jaime Marzol I've observed is generally given to making nasty, cutting remarks that aren't defensible"
i also like the bowery boys. i have this 2 hr documentary, looks home made, but it's well researched, has inteviews, a really nice thing to have. and on one of the sites i saw some writer doing a bio, slam it as that 'god awfull piece on the boys.' i think he expected 3-d effects, fancy lighting, a real glossy thing. and gloss i think would tarnish the charm it has.