As you indicate, catbuglah, the discussion has scattered to other rooms. [In fact, here in this thread, Tony, is the reply to your Oja Kodar theory explanation you requested.] These grabs of yours from THE TARTARS, to me at least, catbuglah, are evidence of a tragedy. You show us this magnificent talent, this accomplished artist, a man who changed every form of major American media, much admired in the greater world, staggering around wearing padded silks, and strange hats, in a spurious costume drama, so he can finance his own projects and keep himself afloat.
That is some kind of tragedy. Not unique, but a tragedy, all the same.
I would like to believe that a few million dollars would bring THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND out of the vault. It seems absurd that such a relatively small sum is the problem. My observation, made in the past, is that a party of Hollywood executives might lose money in the figures mentioned during a few junkets to Las Vegas.
Yes, I do remember that option, to open a fund dedicated to the completion of the picture. I said that I would contribute. In my case, the donation would have necessarily been small, along the lines of what I give to, say, the Wildlife Federation. (My finances now are not what they were, but I still could still give a small amount.) But, after a lot of boisterous talk, no one came forward, that I can remember. Such an undertaking requires an address, a bank account, a dedicated tax status, a treasurer, someone competent in charge to make sure that the money doesn't quietly go, in aggregate. to finance a couple of condos for somebody. Although I am not one of those persons, there were several members who suggested that it could be easily done.
Evidently, it isn't because nothing has ever come of the idea. So far as I know, the thread just quit, when a couple of us suggested an actual course of action.
The picture presumably is out there, still in need of the kind of money which now might be required to support a couple of small film festivals.