Reading Henry Jaglom's review of the Peter Conrad book on Welles, I found it quite strange that he dosen't really talk very much about the book he's supposed to be reviewing, but instead, centers the article on his own relationship with Welles, (and how Welles acted in two of his movies). While that's all very fine and interesting, it's certainly not the point of a book review. But like most of Jaglom's movies, it seems everything has to center around the activities of Mr. Jaglom. And, if in fact, Jaglom did have Welles' permission to tape their conversations, I wonder why he hasn't done anything with the tapes.
Just another Welles mystery which will probably never be solved, unless Jaglom releases audio copies of the tapes in question. I believe he has always refused to let anyone hear them, which cannot be a very good sign in his favor, especially in light of what Gary Graver has to say about the situation:
LF: There was quite a hachet piece in The Hollywood Reporter about you - which was full of errors - after you put Welles' screenwriting Oscar for CITIZEN KANE up for sale.
GARY GRAVER: Yes, it was very nasty, mostly quoting Henry Jaglom.
LF: Henry Jaglom called you a hack director, but I read where he was apparently taping his conversations with Welles when they met for lunch, without Orson's knowledge.
GARY GRAVER: That's right. Orson found out about that before he died, and that's why Jaglom doesn't like me, and that's why he always says the nastiest things about me. I was at a film festival one year, and I had my feet out in the front row, and Jaglom came by and tripped over my feet, and turned around and pretended he didn't even recognize me! Jaglom has so much money, he could have easily done something for Orson. If he was such a friend of his, why didn't he? And if you've seen his films, where do quite a few of them take place? At a party, where all these people come around to talk about him-as a director. Where do you think he got that idea from?
LF: Apparently, Oja Kodar had such a low opinion of him, she actually wanted to cut his scenes out of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. She said, "with Jaglom you hope to God he doesn't finish his movies."
GARY GRAVER: Well, he's a real character. He did a documentary for Belgium television, called THE BIG O, about an actor who came to Hollywood looking for Orson, but never finds him, because he was drunk all the time. Instead he finds Henry Jaglom and Peter Bogdanovich! But Jaglom was putting me down in this movie. The phone would ring, and he'd say, "oh, that's probably Gary Graver now." So he was actually insulting me and putting me down in this documentary. What happened was, after Orson died, I was very upset, and some journalist asked me about these tapes Jaglom was making of Orson, and I said, "yes, Henry Jaglom made these tapes while he was talking with Orson, and Orson didn't know about it." So that got printed, and after Jaglom found about it, he's never liked me.
LF: It would seem to me that Jaglom must have been taping Welles surreptitiously, otherwise why has he never done anything with those tapes?
GARY GRAVER: Well, after Orson found out about it, he told me, "I always wondered why Henry would always be leaning over to look into his bag when we were having lunch. I thought he might be getting some money out to pay the check," but afterwards, Orson realized, no he was merely turning the tapes over. Orson was very mad about that. Anyone would be.