I have been a member of this board for over two years and am not normally 'the sort' to write in these things. However I am now.....
I am hardly ever an idealist, a wishful thinker or an emotional type (being as I am a radical deconstructionist!), however I cannot help but get 'tearful' at the irony of Beatrice Welles preventing this film from being completed.
Everybody knows the privations incurred by Orson Welles in pursuit of these films. So how ironic of course then that profit and voice would seem to be the 'steerer' in her comportment and relationship to this body of work (the dismembodied body and remains, albeit symbolic, of her once 'present' father). The privaledge of biology.
Gary Graver, Ola Kodar and Peter Bogdanovich are of course not tied to this world. Some event will of course take them away at some point. The film then of course no doubt will become a work of speculative archaeology at some point and will be 'finished' or combined, sometime/somehow.
I take great pleasure in the 'somehow' of the imperfect Quixote that I have in my possession, but when the somehow of 'The Other Side of the Wind' is an almost complete complete (with of course all the authorial problems that this concept carries with it) I cannot believe or accept (mentally) this 'gymnastics of irony'.
I normally hate glib phrases but sometimes they do have the effect of conveying a disbelief within their quotidiennes. But it does look like the apple really does fall far from the tree in this case Beatrice.
Mmmm, I think of that 'making of the restoring' documentary on the Othello DVD in tree-surrounded soaplike musical lighting and speaking of her passion for her father's work.
Money and purses and not family ties....
An Orson Welles 'fan'
Perhaps not the biggest fan, but a fan nonetheless