krislandis wrote:...Today I'll watch One Man Band again. I understand there's some controversy around One Man Band? Is the version on this DVD different from the original or something?...
Nothing too controversial. The version included on the second disc of the F FOR FAKE set is
the original version. Peter Bogdanovich did a re-edit which was shown on Showtime; the re-edited version contained added biographical information at the beginning giving viewers a review of the film work that Welles did leading up to the late 60s/70s/80s efforts. If I recall correctly, Bogdanovich also added the screening room scene from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND; notably, this was taken directly from the tape of the 1975 AFI AWARDS telecast as you can hear the AFI audience laughing throughout the clip. Overall, there is not a significant difference between the two versions in regards to showcasing Welles' unfinished films.
There's no getting around that MR. ARKADIN is a weak film, but the Criterion set is fascinating despite this. For years, I only saw a mutilated public domain "American edit" that was in worse shape (both print-wise and editing-wise) than any of the three versions Criterion included. Going from that to the "Comprehensive Version" (my preferred edit) was a real revelation. It's interesting to see how seemingly minor deletions and a slight re-ordering of scenes start to tip the film into becoming incomprehensible which is what begins to happen with the CONFIDENTIAL REPORT version and continued with the (now) unavailable American edit. Still, it's a film that has some interesting set-pieces and very good performances from the supporting characters. If Welles had some assistance in the screenwriting and the three leads were recast (yes, even him!), I think ARKADIN would be closer to the quality of something like THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.