Someone to Love
– regrettably Orson Welles' last film, released in 1987 – is brutally panned on the Only the Cinema blogsite @ http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2009 ... -love.html
The reviewer, Ed Howard, compares director Henry Jaglom unfavorably to film auteurs Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer and to cartoonist/writer Jules Feiffer, who (like Jaglom) all dwell on themes of loneliness and "the antagonisms and insecurities and self-erected barriers that plague the relationships between men and women in the modern age." Howard writes that Jaglom's "filmmaking itself is amateurish and uneven, his cutting inept, displaying all the distracting attributes of a theater director working in film: especially, the awkward reaction shots in which people, supposedly watching something happening nearby, seem to be in an entirely different room or maybe a different building." A fellow named Joshua notes in a comment that he remembers being "incredibly annoyed by how clear it was that Orson Welles was not in the same room as any of the other cast members (Sally Kellerman, Andrea Marcovicci et al
), aside from Jaglom", when shooting his scenes as the wisdom-spouting patriarch. I don't remember noticing this when I forced myself to sit through Jaglom's vapid feminist romance 22 years ago.
Strangely enough, at one point in the film, Welles actually says to Jaglom: "Why have you imposed this peculiar misery on your friends in a noble institution like the theater?" It's as if he knew his last flick was going to be a colossal bomb.
I find it utterly horrifying that the genius who reached the directors' pantheon with Citizen Kane
, Touch of Evil
and The Fountain of Youth
, etc. made his swan song in this boring, self-indulgent mess. Definitely Orson's worst film as an actor, right down there with Zen Business
and The Witching
Boris Karloff was lucky to have Peter Bogdanovich give him a good send-off with Targets
. Sadly, Welles wasn't quite so fortunate in his work with Jaglom.