Another connection to Macao comes up in a strange little Lewis Gilbert picture: FERRY TO HONG KONG (1959). Despite the title, the picture is about Captain Hart (Welles) and his trouble with a drunken Mr. Conrad (Curt Jurgens) on a journey from Hong Kong to Macao. (The film was, it is true, made in Hong Kong.)
The title and general plot remind me of that peculiar, obscure play, Passenger to Bali, which Welles picked for a Mercury Theater Radio production, among very distinguished company. It involves a captain's attempts to get a kind of evangelist off his ship. My memory of the show is that they put in at several ports. Macao may have been one of them. Not only that, but Welles produced the show again for one of his later radio series.
The idea of Macao, as an intellectual or emotional trigger, must have been on his mind much of his life.
Certainly, the way Welles' parents lived their lives, the way they reared Welles, must have enraged the more upright members of early 20th Century Midwestern small town society.
The way efforts of old men to maintain economic, political and sexual power over others is no doubt a major Welles' theme, perhaps the major one.
Lucy's remarks are very perceptive