Saw this projected at MOMa at a Joseph Cotton retrospective and this shows you a glimpse of Welles' affinity for the actor. The uncompleted film of actor William Gillette's play (who himself created a Xanadu of sorts in Connecticut) plays like a contemporary video art piece since we are pretty much watching the dailies. With these set pieces intact you wonder how amazing it would be had Welles made only comedies!
It is the first movie Orson Welles made but I would expected a better conceived one. It is full of action and frenetic sequences, with also a noisy soundtrack, nothing more. The screenplay is as many of that time and turns out less original. Seems to be a technical experiment made by a young director. During his career, Welles developed a more creative and individual style.
Men without hats and portable palm trees. And too many reviews that miss the point: this is not a film, just a collection of takes, unedited, maybe not even all of the raw material. And it would not have been a film anyhow, but part of what we would call a multimedia thingymabob. I would not have rated this except we can't post comments without first choosing stars, which misses a diferentt point.
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.
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.
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.