Tony: My reading of Orson Welles character is that, for all his iconoclism and unconventional behavior, there was something deeply Midwestern about his sense of morality. Divorce, bankruptcy, and dying of syphillis were the three things a middle class-reared man feared in that time. If so, it would have galled Welles that he had been married three times. How could Welles critique the behavior of mankind, or point to the good life in his dream of progressive American democracy, with such a record? Having failed two wives, and two daughters to some extent, he must have been resolved to preserve his third family in an appearance of conventionality.
It would have offended decency for him to show off Oja Kodar publicly as his mistress, to boast of their relationship. No doubt, even the suggestion of it, perhaps in those Italian scandal rags, sent him away from her, possibly set aflame resentments still reflected in the schism between Beatrice Welles and those who want to finish Welles' last works, those which feature Miss Kodar. Welles was obviously at pains to keep her the background, shielded from publicity, and not an embarrassment to his Paola and Beatrice. No matter how intelligent and artistically supportive she may have been, he did not want create a Susan Alexander situation in his marriage.
In the area of Art, it would have been a different matter. Collaborating with Welles in THE DEEP, THE DREAMERS, and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, Oja Kodar is serving an artistic purpose. As "Evil Dave" Thomson points out, nowhere in his entire career does Welles appear more proudly, joyously in love than during F FOR FAKE. Miss Kodar is what Preston Sturges, his old New York and Hollywood friend, used to call in his pictures, "The Girl."
In F FOR FAKE, Oja Kodar is "The Girl." She may act interchangeably, at times, with her sister, Nina, or swimming around nude with all those tigers, in the film's trailer!! There he can present his passion and affection in a sublimated fashion.
And in THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, we may hope.
And Roger is obviously correct about Nina Palinkas's logical association with John Huston in THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, as far as that Spanish fan magazine is concerned.