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    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 47 A

    Orson Welles

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    Orson Welles
    Orson Welles' cutting instructions for the film-editor of his film Confidential Report or Mister Arkadin, signed Orson or O.W. in several places, n.d. [but late l954]. 90pp., majority entirely in Welles' hand, plus 17 typescript pages with underlinings or annotations by Welles, erratically paginated, incorporating several autograph pages of instructions addressed by Welles to "Renzo" (Renzo Lucidi, the cameraman), some pages with notes or markings in other hands, possibly Lucidi's; and
    ten pages of carbon typescript continuity script with annotations and revisions by Welles and others employed on the film, most pages with markings relating to the filming process; accompanied by seven pages of carbon typescript detailing a list of music cues to be inserted throughout the film, numbered one to seven in Welles' hand (a lot)


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    These manuscripts provide revealing documentation of Welles' working methods, and show the remarkable degree to which he controlled all aspects of the film's creation. A thriller set in exotic European locations, Confidential Report or Mister Arkadin was one of the director's most ambitious cinematic projects. Starring Welles, Paolo Miro, Robert Arden and Michael Redgrave amongst others, the screenplay was adapted by Welles from his own novel, Mister Arkadin, and editing was overseen by Welles in a film laboratory at Saint-Cloud. However, when financial problems surfaced, the backers of the film took control away from Welles and it was extensively re-edited for commercial release by Warner Bros. Welles refused to take credit for the released version, which he maintained was not faithful to his conception. As Cowie comments in his book The Cinema Of Orson Welles... "It is a great pity that "Confidential Report" should be of all Welles' films at once the one truly original work and -- in the end -- the furthest removed from his intentions as a director". These documents constitute a unique record of Welles' creative intentions.

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    Literature

    COWIE, Peter The Cinema Of Orson Welles, London, 1965, p.112