Two letters published in The Guardian today on their Orson Welles coverage, the most important being that from the National Film Theatre regarding the KANE confusion (with an addition note about CHIMES):
The National Film Theatre has received confirmation from the BBC that it is the UK's current distributor of Citizen Kane and received its authorisation for the forthcoming screenings as part of our Orson Welles retrospective (One of our classics is missing, G2, August 29). We are delighted to have resolved this problem.
We are also pleased that the rights issues surrounding another Welles classic, Chimes at Midnight, which has been unavailable to cinema audiences for many years, is nearing resolution through the courts.
Hopefully this film will be available again in the not too distant future.
NFT press officer
Orson and the Women
To blame Orson Welles for the shameful lack of opportunities for women in Hollywood is idiotic (Orson Welles special, G2, September 29). When Welles started there was one woman director in Hollywood. Not long after Kane we had another, the great Ida Lupino, so his immediate effect does not seem to have hurt. Welles personally encouraged Jeanne Moreau to direct, so his personal influence was benign.
The best claim that could be made for Welles's influence is that he broadened the range of subjects and styles available to Hollywood filmmakers, an effect that could only benefit budding female film-makers.