Tony wrote:" If I can tolerate Jess Franco's Don Quixote I think I can tolerate anyone editing TOSOTW."
Ok: We'll have the studio janitor edit it!
chipm wrote:As for the oft quoted line of Speilberg not ponying up to help Welles...I think it's very easy for someone to look at this situation and see Speilberg in a bad light. But I think there is something in the middle here that is more true. In my salad days, when I had more piss and vinegar flowing through my veins and access to a sizable chunk of cash, I came accross a film maker who had an incredible project that "just needed money to finish." I believed in the project and the artist and said obstacle, "the money" was removed. Shortly thereafter, the artist choked. It became evident, and was a great lesson to me, that "the money" wasn't what was holding this person back, but it was himself. And he found new and interesting obstacles to make sure the project was not completed. And finally, when after an interminable struggle the project was finished, the artist made sure that it was half of what it could have been.
I suspect that my experience with this artist is something akin to other's experience with Welles. While I admire and enjoy his later work, seeing the immense amount of unfinished material in One Man Band leads me to believe that as the years wore on Welles became more process driven and less project driven. I don't subscribe to Welles having a fear of completion. Men are more complicated than that. I believe Orson fought his own demons. In the end, we are lucky to have what we do...as they are victories over his own worst nature.
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