welles fan, you have me laughing: by the way, i bought the issue for the interview. i love it. i have that issue also.
to leslie megahey welles said the director's job is the only easy job going.
jeff's post is very funny; "to piss off one of those cahiers types." yeap, he said that in a cashiers interviewer; the importance of the director comes from you people like you, or something to that effect.
welles also said to bogdanovich: "you have no idea what i feel when i hear a negative comment about my work from some one i like, or respect." in the orson welles story when megahey tells welles he finds othello confusing, those that have some sense of psychology, can see it hit welles like a broadside. he quickly recovers and AGREES with megahey!
another time bogdanovich asked him about an interview where he said he did not like his macbeth, welles replied that the person interviewing him did not like macbeth and the quickest way to get the guy on his side was to agree with him.
welles was a man that had lost so much, had the carpet yanked out from under him so many times that i'm sure it did not matter to him what he stated in print as long as it didn't cost him something later.
ADDITIONAL CRAPOLLA ON THAT WELLES ISSUE OF PLAYBOY:
i'm watching the nicholson/devito HOFFA, a pretty darn good movie. i'm seeing all these CITIZEN KANE shots, so i'm really enjoying it. in the overhead shot when hoffa is in the jail cell, it's that Playboy issue with the welles interview that is on hoffa's cot. to me it was like a little flag put there for the hardcore welles fans.
at a shoot about a year ago i met a guy that worked on HOFFA (i know he wasn't bs-ing because i looked it up on imdb, and he was there). i told him about the KANE stuff, and the playboy issue, asked if he knew anything about it. he said he didn't, but the KANE look could most likely can be attributed to the cinematographer, because while he was on the set, devitto only directed the actors, he never interfered with the cinematographer.
i need to find the HOFFA dvd to watch it in lbx, i love the mob stuff, and armand asante was great in it. ever since the hbo GOTTI movie i've been an asante fan.