Check out this excellent essay on Orson Welles by blogger JAKE HINKSON @ http://thenighteditor.blogspot.com/
Hinkson contrasts the two predominant narratives on Welles's life and career. Here are a few excerpts from "Welles the Artist" (posted on "THE NIGHT EDITOR – ONE MAN'S MIDNIGHT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE DARK SIDE OF DREAM TOWN").
"There are basically two narratives about the career of Orson Welles. Narrative A says Welles made Citizen Kane and then slid into a 45-year decline of waste and failure. Narrative B says Welles stayed in Hollywood as long as he could, then moved to Europe and became an independent filmmaker of increasing skill and accomplishment. (...)
"Narrative B has the virtue of actually taking into account the career of Welles after Kane. By my count, Welles made five masterpieces: Citizen Kane, The Trial, Touch of Evil, Chimes At Midnight and F for Fake. You might also include the beautiful and butchered The Magnificent Ambersons, which is the cinematic equivalent of the Venus de Milo. The Immortal Story is excellent, and while the butchered The Lady From Shanghai isn't a masterpiece it's still a lot of fun, as are The Stranger, Othello, and Macbeth. Mr. Arkadin isn't a good movie, but it's an interesting failure."
The article links to Patrick Watson's long interview with Orson Welles on the set of Is Paris Burning? and to the sad and meditative Chartres scene in F for Fake.