The Unknown Orson Welles: The Deep [work print]. 1967. Directed by Orson Welles. 115 min.
Screenplay by Welles, based on the novel by Charles Williams. With Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Laurence Harvey, Michael Bryant, Oja Kodar. One of the holy grails in the Orson Welles canon, The Deep was based on Charles Williams’s thriller Dead Reckoning and filmed on Yugoslavia’s Dalmatian coast. Despite a stellar cast—Jeanne Moreau, Laurence Harvey, Oja Kodar, Michael Bryant, and Welles himself—the film was never finished, owing to a series of financial and technical calamities. The film’s original negatives have been lost, and only different versions of a rough-cut work print survive: a mixture of black-and-white and color material that repeats certain sequences and lacks post-production color grading, dubbing, and a sound mix. The Munich Filmmuseum has recently assembled all the scenes in chronological order, which Filmmuseum director Stefan Droessler will present with voiceover commentary. Together with the other Unknown Orson Welles programs in this year’s festival, this singular event is one that no Welles aficionado will want to miss. Reconstruction by the Munich Filmmuseum; courtesy of Oja Kodar.