Alfred Willmore wrote:Here's a Timeline:
http://www.movieline.com/2011/01/timeli ... e-wind.php
In a strange way, this timeline actually makes me a little more optimistic about the potential for an actual release; maybe it's the way all of the obstacles are compartmentalized instead of being heaped together in the same paragraph! I find it amusing that "1972" is often the year associated with this unfinished work when its lead actor wasn't even cast until '74.
I'm quite surprised to hear any news about THE DEEP. As some of you may know, I've been pretty disparaging of this effort after reviewing the rough cut. I hold nothing against the Munich Filmmuseum's efforts in compiling the footage, but what exists is pretty weak Welles, with only his own hammy comic performance to keep things interesting. It's true that Jeanne Moreau refused to loop her dialogue back in the late 60s which is one of the reasons Welles abandoned the project, but I was under the impression that the minimal audio that exists in the work print is all that survives. Given that no studio was involved, footage of THE DEEP stayed in Welles' possession before Kodar inherited it and it was eventually passed along to the Munich Filmmuseum. What existed as of five or six years ago was two work prints, neither in particularly good quality. Some of Harvey's looping was present although not particularly well-done (then again, I didn't find his overall performance to be that good either) and there was some wild audio where the dialogue was often obscured by a generator or wind. Obviously, if the looping audio exists for everyone except Moreau, then there is the potential for THE DEEP to exist in a more complete version; if the original negative could be located (thought to have been destroyed in that fire at Robert Shaw's house), then the film might even have a little commercial appeal. But I'm thinking that this news regarding THE DEEP is as false as THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND news.