I don't know what Welles was thinking by delivering such a vocal performance
Listen to the 1938 radio version of Treasure Island - he knew how to do a pirate accent and still enunciate clearly.
About half way thru Treasure Island when he knifes a guy there's a brilliant scene he plays in reasonably close quarters.
but another thing which struck me as fairly good in Treasure Island was the first swordplay scene. It reminded me of the skillful way Welles draws you into the battle in Falstaff, making it look like more is happening than actually is.
Welles knew exactly what he was doing and sounded like that deliberately. I just haven't sussed out why.
Harry Alan Towers said in a recent interview in SCARLET STREET MAGAZINE that he would never allow Welles to direct TREASURE ISLAND, as the aging boy wonder was way too unpredictable.
FILM ART by david bordwell. pinnacle of film analysis books. welles, ford, hitch and kurosawa films as examples to teach the reader analysis.
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