The film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, the author of the 2007 book “Discovering Orson Welles,” observes that commentary tends to fall into “partisan” and “adversarial” categories—adversarial meaning a tendency to celebrate the early work while detecting portents of disaster.
The Iranian revolution complicated the picture further.
At one point, author Josh Karp revealed in his book about the film, the Iranian government tried to seize control of the film’s negative.
During the shooting of the film, Welles asked his fellow filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, who appears in the film, to finish the project in the event that anything happened to him.
When producer Filip Jan Rymsza of Royal Road Entertainment acquired Busheri’s rights to d and secured the support of Welles’s daughter and heir Beatrice Welles, it appeared that the decades-long logjam was finally over.
The longer it is delayed, the keener fans are to see it.
There is a danger than when the film finally surfaces, if it ever does, it could prove to be an almighty anti-climax.“No one is disagreeing over how it will be completed; nobody is disagreeing over the editing; no one is disagreeing over who will do what or who will be involved.From what I understand, the negotiating sticking points have been monetary and distribution.” One of the inevitable side effects of the continual postponements of the completion of is that expectations about the movie grow and grow.Like so many obsessives, they acknowledge one another with secret handshakes, making reference to obscure or nonexistent works: the radio show “His Honor the Mayor,” the TV pilot “The Fountain of Youth,” the work print of the unfinished nineteen-seventies film “The Other Side of the Wind,” the lost ending of “The Magnificent Ambersons.” A raft of new books in the centennial year, together with publications from the past decade, suggests that the partisans are slowly gaining ground.Enthusiasts and skeptics agree that Welles has a way of slipping from one’s grasp.Welles fans still talk darkly of Jess Franco’s botched attempt at completing -style with Welles’s voice on the soundtrack and with the death of the lead character. The movie itself is an attempt to “sketch a film likeness of the man” through many different viewfinders.This is Welles working in – and commenting on – the Hollywood of the 1970s. John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich give wonderful performances.” Forty years after Welles finished shooting, the film is as close to being completed now as it ever has been.Bogdanovich is still expected to supervise the editing of the film.“I have not heard from anyone that the delay is over artistic merits,” Kelly says.published a story in late 2014 suggesting that the film would soon be ready.In 2015, a crowdfunding campaign raised more than 0,000 (£304,000) for the project.