Monday, November 10, 2008

It's funny that the name of this blog is Vargas Speaks because I have nothing to say. If you've ever seen A Touch of Evil you'll know that is where I take my name from. Vargas was the main character in that movie.

I like Orson Welles. I don't like Charleton Heston but I think Welles did right by casting him as Vargas. Vargas was a bit of a drip. If you haven't seen the movie watch the opening on youtube. Very cool.

A few years ago Walter Murch recut the movie according to Welles' notes. That was a lot of work. But some say worth it. Was Orson Welles a genius or just a thief with an overinflated sense of himself? All of the above? None of the above?

If I could work with Welles I would want to play Deitrich's part in A Touch of Evil. No, Marlene was too perfect. No, if I could name my project with la Orson it would The Ravishing of Lol Stein based on the book by Marguerite Duras.

In fact, I think I'll get to work on that screenplay in memory of the Great God Welles (genie ou voleur?) That is, just as soon as I finish my screenplay-in-endless-progress, Exploding Violet.

Told you I had nothing to say.


aaronschwartz said...

On reading your profile bio, what I want to know is what was your expectant mother doing in a trunk in Pocatello? Or maybe I don't want to know.

Vargas said...

My profile bio is a line from a song from the movie "A Star is Born". It's pure miraculous coincidence that those lyrics fit my circumstances exactly. But "born in a trunk" is not to be taken literally, my friend! My poor mother could not fit into a trunk when she was about to give birth to me backstage at the Princess Theatre (between acts, I might add) and so a much more spacious option was found. Little did my father realize at the time that the nifty little chamber was actually the magician's disappearing box. My mother hasn't been seen nor heard from since.