In fact, Welles himself is being forgotten by new generations of filmgoers and filmmakers.
Oja Kodar said a similar thing not so long ago (from the 'Independent' article): "Kodar bemoans the relative obscurity into which Welles is sinking. "People don't know him these days. You meet 19-year-olds and they have no idea. They have to search their memories. Citizen Kane - they ask, 'what was that?'"
Yes, it is true ... but on the other hand what could one expect???
exactly is remebered
by those "19-year-olds" and "new generations of filmgoers"?
Perhaps a handful of celebrities and people like Chaplin and Hitchcock ...
And speaking of "filmmakers" - I doubt that seriously - in my opinion they mostly lack the courage and/or the talent and/or they don't get the opportunity.
If Welles' work "is forgotten" this is only true in case we are talking about everyday 'society' - if one shows interest in art (terrible expression), than, of course, there's no way "avoiding" him. And I think that a large part of this is due to the fact, that his work is still ahead of time - and will always be in some way - it is timeless, but on a different level like Chaplin's. His art is not exactly easy to 'get at' - think of the many times most people here have seen one of his films - because they are so incredibly rich in so many ways. And still another thing: Welles was an 'aristocrat' (not only) in terms of his work - far away from Chaplin and Hitchcock ... and our society.
Jeanne Moreau - this is the only time I am grateful to David Thomson, for having introduced me to those words-:
He is like a destitute king - because there is no kingdom that is good enough for him ...
So what's left - I guess helping somehow to built one ...