cirogiorgini wrote:During 2005 I have worked at IN THE LAND OF DON QUIXOTE for Italian RAI3 channel. I have worked on the original negative and made a beta sp for transmission directly from it. Unfortunately it was not possible to have a new 16 mm print. At the time (I was going to present it in Locarno during the excellent Welles’ retrospective directed by Stefan Droessler) I have looked around for a possible comment read by OW, and the only thing I have found was in two pages of the book by Juan Cobos Espana Como Obsession, in which he refers some lines of the commentary that Welles would have written and probably read. But in his book there are no sources of that, and all seem to be a personal remember of Cobos’ friendship with Welles.
What I have done is known: assuming that the commentary by Callegari was something good only for a touristic tour, I have found that, as a miracle, that the original sound was in perfect sync with the scene, and the music by Serrano was a fantastic underline to the 9 episodes. I have shown the result to Roberto Perpignani, at the time assistant to Welles in the editing room in Fregene, and he was enthusiastic to say that the result “was the exactly the way in which Orson left the material and gave it to Rai in 1962”. I think that IN THE LAND OF DON QUIXOTE is not a simple travelogue home movie, but a great occasion for Welles for a continuos experimental use of television, with all his fast language of editing. I have shown it recently in Italy in a Festival, and at a new view Perpignani and me have had the impression that was possible that OW would have left the material in this way assuming that it was the better one he had not having the control for an his own commentary.
I can post, if someone is interested in it, the titles of the first five episodes missing in the opening Feed. I am trying to convince Rai that the edition of a dvd could be a good operation in cultural terms. The rights are entirely owned by RAI and there are not so many television channels in the world that have had the honor (or the weight?) to produce a film directed by Orson Welles. What do you think?
Thanks for your attention and forgive me for my poor English, which is the reason I do not write so much in the Forum, that I follow every day with a great interest
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