The film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles’s Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette’s 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the identity of a plantation owner in Cuba.
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Virtually unwatchable. I'm not so sure I'd want the world to see my student films. Part of being an artist is understanding that when you start out, you're going to make crap. Once you've been designated a genius, though, people will want to see your crayon drawings at 5 to see if they could see hints of what was to come.
A skeleton of a movie that should only be viewed by Welles fan and, even then, only as a piece of curiosity. Much like Kane, a lot of amusement comes from the playful use of cinematic techniques. However, unlike Kane or the radical French New Wave films it inspired, this one was almost impossible to follow. It is, in every single sense of phrase, an amateur's film which isn't bad. A child must walk before he may run.
Fun first half with a Harold Lloyd-esque Joseph Cotten and a stereotypical bad guy with a twirly mustache and exaggerated eyebrows chasing after him. Loses a lot of the fun in the last half. Still an enjoyable unfinished curio from the past.
It's a badly edited unfinished film in which you can see Welles learning how to make a movie and Joseph Cotten learning how to act for the camera, playing Harold Lloyd with a lot of grace - and this is actually interesting. 2 stars for its historical value.
Vamos...las cosas como son. Y que no se diga que es un filme experimental, porque no lo es. Más parece un trabajo sin editar que incluye detrás de cámaras. Ahora, tampoco esto puede adjudicarse como una película de Welles ya que de hecho son fragmentos de un proyecto inconcluso destinados para ser parte de un intermedio de una obra teatral. La edición no es de autoría del director.