Maybe I’m being a little unfair to Franco I wont discuss the quality of it’s films, he’s a guy who study to be a filmmaker (and also to be a lawyer) and started to make films from a young age and lived only for cinema, and liking his films o not, the man is a really a cinema craftsman, but Welles Don Quixote it’s another leve/dimension, Welles said that Quixote was it’s personnel project that he was doing it like if it was writing book. I do not know if Franco work in the project somewhere during the making it’s probable that he had do it, Spain at the time was not a rich country, and there wasn’t so many people at the time in cinema industry, but he wasn’t second director for sure, this is a too personal projecto to have that.
I didn’t know the story of Franco finishing the the film. In 1992, Oya Kodar, Welles’s companion for many years and the executor of his estate, authorized Jesus Franco, he had assisted Welles on the amazing “Chimes at Midnight” (1965), to assemble all the material he could gather and edit it into a film for a cultural expo in Spain (I think it was Madrid or Sevilha I’m not sure Euro capital of Culture) and the festival at Cannes, where it generated almost universal outrage. A DVD was issued in Spain and Brazil, with English and Spanish audio tracks, Portuguese subtitles, and short essays on the making of the film.
Franco version was considered by most critics a terrible butchery destroying the film completely. Like I told you I was totally unware of this story, and I never view this version but now I remembered seeing the DVD in a Fnac Store, I can not tell what he done with the film cause I didn’t see it, but I have now seen the reviews and they are all bad, even in technical terms, I think the best I keep what footage exists and work from putting it in a coherent way, even if it a unfinished film who cares. Anyway I will try to track down the DVD of the Franco version, I just do not know if going to put besides Faceless or Citizen Kane see the problem.