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mambo771975 from santa barbara, CA
18 January 2005
This film is rarely screened (I saw it at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film
Festival in 2003), but run to see it if you get the chance!
A CBC interviewer caught Welles in his apartment in Paris (?) in 1960,
before Welles realized that he was rapidly becoming unemployable in
Hollywood. He had not yet descended into the permanent guest role he
was forced into in the 60's and 70's doing magic and making small talk
on variety and talk shows in America. At this time, he still had
options, although they were mostly abroad. The Interviewer asks
pertinent questions and listens carefully, allowing Welles to dispense
his fascinating discourse without interrupting (like too many of
Welles is full of surprises. He is still vital, hopeful and energized.
He rejects the "genius" label:"I don't regard (Art) as the prime
importance in life
or at the expense of any other value in life.
Friendship, citizenship, politics are above it
. I do respect those who
they are the great contributors. I'm certainly not one of them
basically an adventurer..."
He speaks with great admiration and detail of legendary cinematographer
Gregg Toland and how he made "Citizen Kane" possible, generously
refusing to quash Welles "ignorance" about film making.
Without giving away too many of his brilliant reflections, let me
strongly recommend this film to any artist, fan, film buff or thinking
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