Todd: I keep hoping to see your lovable old face, at least your mug shots (now in circulation), or your speculative ideas over at Turner's new "Classic Film Union" beta site. There you would observe a growing number of clues why the Studios and money people appear so reluctant to support floods of Orson Welles movies on DVD. The site is now approaching one thousand members, at least a couple of hundred of them seemingly serious movie buffs, about three hundred souls, all told, having been added in the last ten days since the formal roll out. You would see that there is relatively little interest in Welles as a director or creator. [He's lumped into an "Indie" group, and even there, love for his films is cool or non-existent. Welles' competition: "Morris Engel, Oscar Micheaux, Hugo Haas, Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, Billy Jack, Sundance Institute, Ida Lupino, Sex, Lies and Videotape, John Sayles and more."] Welles is mostly regarded as an actor and once husband of Rita Hayworth. A good many members list themselves fans of CITIZEN KANE, but that profession seems in a lot of cases to be perfunctory. [Given their other picks, I get the impression that some would be embarrassed not to list "the greatest American film ever made" as a favorite. TOUCH OF EVIL, LADY FROM SHANGHAI, THE STRANGER, and MR. ARKADIN are otherwise the most popular. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS gets a mention, and F FOR FAKE has come on as a discovery, JOURNEY INTO FEAR has a first mention. Currently -- except for FALSTAFF (which I mentioned for you, Todd) , now shot into the 500's since I picked it three days ago -- none of Welles' Shakespeare films, such as MACBETH, may be found listed in the magic first one thousand films picked for this volatile list.
This is my tentative report on an impressive group who claim to be seriously dedicated to "Classic Films."
I'm not being a shill for Turner, but many of us could swell the 30 a day or so they are signing up -- and do some good for the cause.
A bonus would be seeing a nice picture of our admirable Roger Ryan!