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If only they had listened to Welles...
on January 9, 2002
This movie isn't bad, it has some scenes that do make it worth watching. The end is especially fabulous. Unfortunately, this film was subjected to the cutting table without Welles' aproval of the cuts. The film was originally an hour longer, and I think that perhaps it would have been better if many of the cut scenes had been kept. Welles was in South America at the time the editing was done, and not given any say in it. Also the music is sometimes absurd. Welles was not happy with it, and asked for changes, but they were not made. Unfortunately Welles' Irish accent is not the greatest, and it is heard far more than he had originally wanted, because the producers thought that more narration was needed. And with all the things that were cut out, it probably was.
However, the final sequence in the crazy house makes up for a lot. Though much of that was cut out too, I can only imagine how fabulous it would have been if it had not been cut. It is very sureal, and reminds me of the Dali dream sequence in Hitchcock's Spellbound.
Overall, the film is worth seeing for the great cinematography and final scene. It is unfortunate that it has so many flaws over which Welles had no control.