It's very easy to understand what Welles was trying to do with this film. I just never found a point where I saw him doing anything about which I had any interest. Some of the cinematography is brilliant, but in most scenes it approaches irritating. Some of the acting is pitiful (the blonde who takes Hanaford's glass at the party sounds as though she has no discernible acting ability), and contrasted with Huston, Hopper, and some of the real actors, the differences are exaggerated and detrimental to the overall tone of the movie.
The film itself is cliche', and the film inside the film would pass for a bad college project. Watching it, I wanted to stop many times, but kept wanting to give Welles the benefit of the doubt. It turned out to be a complete waste of time.
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