My copy of F For Fake arrived yesterday. It was the first viewing for me, and I found it to be very interesting. Not necessarily my favorite or what I consider to be his best work, but it has a jovial prankster attitude that is pretty infectious. The film itself looks mostly spectacular, except perhaps during the interviews, which look like they were blown up from a 16mm print. I was surprised that it sounds as good as it does, given that this was (unless I'm mistaken) another independent effort from him.
What I was really looking forward to seeing, however, was One Man Band. It is a pity that the negative for The Merchant Of Venice was stolen, because the small snippet looks incredibly fascinating. Is there any chance that this film could ever be recovered in its entirity? It seems rather tragic and cruel that he was able to finish the film on his own accord, only to have it snatched right out of his hands (and it makes watching the re-recording of the monologue all the more difficult).
According to the film, only a few more scenes from The Deep needed to be shot before it would have been completed, but Laurence Harvey died before that could happen (which is a pity, because he was a tremendous actor). Does anybody know if enough of it was finished that it might someday see release in its incomplete form anyway, like Don Quixote (but hopefully better)?
(as a side note, I purchased Criterion's Cassavetes box set a few months ago, and was delighted when I discovered two easter eggs scattered on the set [I found the first completely by accident, which naturally sent me scouring through all of my criterion DVDs for easter eggs]. Given the tenor of F For Fake, it would have been a perfect candidate for hidden features, but I couldn't find any)
Also, one final thing...I read that the aural transcriptions that were made to re-create the soundtrack for the "restored" Othello were actually pretty far off from the original score, and since the dialogue dubbing in the restored edition still looks pretty far off (as well as an instance or two where dialogue seems to be missing), I'm interested in finding a copy of the original Othello. Is it available at all on DVD?