By ShaneP - Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:06 pm
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Kmart wrote:details, please, this film has been an obsession for me dating back to when I was in my teens, during the 1970s. There's even a slight vfx angle, as I have proposed doing a research-style article on FX in Welles' films for VFX VOICE in commemoration of when WIND finally debuts. (Polly Platt executed a bunch of foreground miniatures for WIND, a technique he exploited very well on his OTHELLO.)
Kmart wrote:early to mid 70s, with John Huston playing a Hemingwayesque film director making an arty movie while documentarians make a movie about the movie and another group document them documenting the director. They ran a couple brief scenes back in 1975 at the Welles AFI award dinner, it is cutty like MTV (like a lot of low-budget Welles), a real whirlwind. The film was owned by the Shah of Iran so there were all sorts of legal problems (a whole book came out about this a couple years back.)
I just don't know what ILM would be restoring ... I mean, there are places that do film preservation/restoration, but I haven't heard about ILM being involved with that at all, ever, and I have done a few pieces on that subject and talked to various places.
I really hope they didn't replace Polly Platt's foreground miniatures with digital stuff -- Platt was a production designer of great renown, and she said she learned more in the weeks on WIND than she had in her whole career, including all the foreground miniature stuff (there's a ton of it at the beginning of Welles' OTHELLO, too.)
The deliberately pretentious art-film imagery in the director-lead-characters film should reflect the era in which it was made, not actually look 'good' -- but i have to assume the involved parties aren't going to mess with Welles artistic intention (or I'll go nuts and get a flamethrower out!)