various exciting blog news

1) The Orson Welles reviews are all posted (with one exception, which I'll get to in a moment), and I just posted a piece about The Cradle Will Rock.

2) The missing review is for Touch of Evil. When I wrote my original review, it was before the movie was re-edited in 1998. Back then, what was available was a version which had been taken away from Welles and re-edited without his participation. When he saw this butchered version, he wrote a 56-page memo, arguing for and detailing changes he wanted made to bring the movie back to his original conception. This memo was ignored.

Then, in the 1990s, the memo was found, and Walter Murch (the Oscar-winning film editor and sound designer) was brought in to carry out Welles' requested changes.

As I wrote at the time, amending my original review:

The 1998 re-edit (based on a long memo which Welles sent to the studio when he saw what they'd done to the picture) involved no restored footage, just a re-ordering of what was there and the removal of a few brief scenes Welles hadn't directed, plus changes in the sound and music, but it alters the whole moral landscape of the film, which is now even more clearly revealed to be a masterpiece.

(I will also add that when the 1998 re-edit was released, it was the most successful revival ever at the Film Forum in New York City, running a total of five months, and at one point it was one of the top-grossing films in the country [calculated on a per-screen basis].)

All of that being true, and considering that it my favorite Orson Welles film and one of my favorite films overall, it deserves a real review, which I will write.

3) More of "The Mystery of the Quiet People" has been posted. The new parts start here. They've been up for a while, but not announced here because I didn't want to interrupt the Orson Welles reviews.

4) I've added a plugin that will allow you to subscribe to comments on a particular post, so you can see when people respond to your comment. If there are any problems, please let me know.

5) I've added a plugin that will allow you to easily email posts to friends, post them on Facebook, etc. If there are any problems, please let me know.

6) I'm going to take down the "third novel." The secondary reason is that it would all have to be re-done anyway because, as I reported before, a lot of the code stopped working. The main reason, though, is that in the mystery stories (which happen before the third novel) new characters have been introduced, and relationships have changed and developed, so that I think it would be confusing to have both available at the same time. The novel will have to be rewritten at some point, but until then I'll take it down.

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