“Oh, don’t be so gloomy.
“In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed – they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
(as Harry Lime in “The Third Man”, directed by Sir Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene… except for this speech, which was entirely improvised by Mr. Welles)
Orson Welles never played by the rules.
He knew them all, knew what they were for and what they were meant to accomplish.
He just never chose to play by them.
Didn’t ignore them.
Just made up his own.
Now, it would seem, there are scores of talented, aspiring film makers who only wish they could play by his.
Good luck with that … but if they can’t, they should just come up with some of their own.
I’m sure Mr. Welles wouldn’t take it personally.