LIVE FROM SPAIN...IT'S ORSON WELLES
Speaking of which: here is wonderful little film that I recently ran across on the now by-now indispensable Youtube. It's basically a pitch reel by Orson Welles shot in Spain (where he then lived) sometime in the 1960s (I think mid-decade, based on Welles weight). In it, he tells a group of unidentified people about a film he wants to make, concerning bullfighting and an aging filmmaker. It sounds like an early sketch of "The Other Side Of The Wind" except for the bullfighting stuff--Jake Hanneford, played by John Huston in OSOTW, is clearly being tried out here as a character Welles is interested in developing.
At this point in his career, Welles was scrambling for financing, a mission he would soon mostly abandon as he moved into self-financing his later works. Clearly this little reel didn't do the trick he'd hoped--was it ever shown to anyone? Who did he make this for? But it remains a wonderful look at the filmmaker as huckster, a genius coming up with yet another way to display his wares, hoping to generate enough excitement to once again practice his craft, as his road, never typical, grows rougher and rougher.
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 1:23 AM