Ok before anyone reads my mess, I just want to say that I am an awful writer and am sure to make many grammatical errors etc. but I just wanted to say a few things about my favorite Director, Actor and Speaker of ALL time!
The following is just the rambling rants of a frustrated Orson Welles fan. So if you don't want to hear complaining and whining all in poorly structured text then I recommend stopping now.
Orson Welles was tragically misunderstood and mostly mistreated... When I think of how ANYONE could even consider touching a masterpiece like Ambersons with the thought of cutting... I get sick! Had anyone at RKO had half a brain .....let me restate that , had anyone at RKO had any decency at all Ambersons would have never been cut to death, truncated, dumped on the public at the worst possible time (beginning of the war) and virtually destroyed, not to mention Orson would have held the opportunity to make as many great films as some of my other fav. directors like John Ford or Alfred Hitchcock that he had been given prior to Kane.
Sometimes I sit and think of all the Welles films that would/could/should exist today ... COMPLETE!!.... Then I begin to cry..
Out of all the tragic stories in Hollywood, parents taking advantage of their child stars finances, actresses like Gene Tierney spending time in mental hospitals etc., Judy Garland being kicked off of "Annie Get Your Gun" and out of MGM at only approx. 28 years old!! Great actors like Ty Power dying at a young 44 years of age... None of these hurt me half as bad as the Unbelievably tragic story or Orson's life.
Now don't get me wrong I am extremely thankful for: Touch of Evil, Mr. Arkadin, Othello, The Trial, The Lady from Shanghai, The Stranger, F For Fake, Journey Into Fear, The Magnificent Ambersons, Citizen Kane, Falstaff(Chimes at Midnight) and others... not to mention all the films he acted in, one of my Favorites being Graham Greene and Carol Reed's The Third Man.. I just wish that Orson would have been treated halfway decent after he upset the king of newspapers at the time (and in my opinion the king of a-holes!) William Randolph Hearst... Hearst apparently was quoted as saying that he would have not been as upset about the portrayal of himself on screen however the portrayal of Marion Davies was one that he could not let stand.. Well thank you for being such a "knight in shining armor" there Hurst! You helped take no telling how much art away from many generations of Welles art lovers to come. What a chivalrous thing to do!!..
Sorry don't mean to bum everyone out, its just that when I became a Welles fan (Immediately following the first time I saw a Welles film!) and began learning more about what happened immediately following Kane and throughout Orson's life, I was in shock.. Shocked that one minute RKO realized Orson's potential and gave him the contract he deserved and should have had for at least a full decade or more, then the next minute he offended WRH and RKO changed its damn stationary!!(showmanship before genius..) and basically took away the "contract"! WOW! Talk about not only taking away a mans opportunity to get his films made but also playing psychological warfare with the poor soul! Orson would never be the same.
If anyone has seen everything from Kane to Chimes at Midnight and/or documentaries like "One Man Band" or "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" or has read Peter Bogdanovich's book or anything that Pauline Kael has written... or is just a Welles fan and would like to write their own "few words" on Orson, his life, his films, his trials and tribulations etc. (whatever you like..), then please add your thoughts to this thread. I would like to hear what other Welles fans like myself have to say.. Does it hurt anyone else the way it hurts me that masterpieces like The Magnificent Ambersons were destroyed and then dumped on the market at the worst time partly because the studio previewed Ambersons at a couple of odd lil theaters along with a musical comedy of sorts and at odd hours! So there was no way that those audiences were capable (at the time, right after a goofy musical!) to review a masterpiece like The Magnificent Ambersons! Well those audiences spoke... and we all know that since Orson was in South America at the time, one of the men I despise most Robert Wise Cut Ambersons to the liking of RKO and according to the opinion of a few people in a couple of odd theaters that were there (at the late show) to see a Friggin musical comedy! So in closing I just want to say a big Thank you to RKO, Robert Wise and most of all to those few people that were lucky enough to be at those oddly timed/oddly located previews of Ambersons that decided to hand Robert Wise the axe.. THANKS!
Oh well I would just be happy to have a region 1 release of the cut version of The Magnificent Ambersons on dvd (let alone bluray). If WHV really plans on releasing a region 1 dvd I wish they would end all the speculation and give us a date.
I won't rant any further over other chopped up masterpieces etc. as I would like to give some fellow Welles fans a chance to rant and rave.
BTW if anyone hears any concrete news about Warner releasing a region 1 dvd of Ambersons please email me: LebigLebowski@yahoo.com