Glenn & Tony:
The above discussion just crystalized for me the connection between Mr. Welles first masterpiece and his last unfinished one, "The Other SIde of the Wind."
Glenn says, "The primary souces, the records, the documents, the letters, the footage, the recorded interviews are all we have. And all of that is open to interpretation . . . speculation."
How curious that this should mirror the opening narration by OW about his main fictional character and possible alter-ego, the film director Jake Hannaford... and of course it can also easily be applied to what Welles was attempting to show us about Charles Foster Kane, as well... Telling that story as Welles did, from four different POV's. And it also relates to the ending words of Thompson the reporter in KANE about trying to sum up a man's life...
So Welles own work, shows to a degree how futile that can be...
So maybe, to take a clue from these two films, both of which are autobiographical to some degree, we can get back to why that other Thomson, David, is painting such a poor picture of Welles with his own bizarre and fanciful theories in his "disraceful biography." I suggest that for any true Wellesian this kind of biography just won't and does not work, for the simple reason that it distorts the verified facts in Welles life.
Although the book may be well written and very entertaining, it seems to me, that someone who does no research on his subject, and gets so many basic facts about the person he is writing about wrong, cannot be taken seriously.