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Orson Welles and Jess Franco

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Orson Welles would have been 100 today and I’m thinking about his complex relationship with Jess Franco. Both are gone but their oeuvres live on to be examined and debated. Welles was a maverick just like Jess and admired Franco’s early Wellesian work* which a wary producer had screened for him. Welles invited Franco to work on FALSTAFF (1966) as an assistant director. Franco helped stage the famous battle scene, one of the most memorable sequences in the film and the Welles filmography. Franco was also set to helm Welles in an adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND but the two men parted ways.       image Franco would end up editing a controversial version of Welles’ unfinished DON QUIXOTE in the early 1990s. I’ll be discussing that disputed version here in the future as a contribution to the Orson Welles Centenary.  When I asked Jess who his favorite director was during my 2004 interview with him he immediately answered “Orson Welles”….       image *Reportedly LA MUERTE SILBA DE BLUES (1962).         (C)Robert Monell 2015

Written by Robert Monell

6 mayo 2015 a 3:30 PM

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