The production began in 1948 but would not be completed untill four years later due to financial difficulties. Without full financing in place Welles would shoot until the money ran out, shut down production while he tried to raise more in acting roles, then reassemble the cast and crew months later. But typically the challenges presented by budgetary constraints only heightened Welles technical flair and imagination behind the camera, resulting in some of the most dramatic scenes and atmospheric scenes he ever shot. In front his portrayal of the doomed Moor was another powerful and charismatic performance. For many years the film was only available in poor prints until 1992 when an original negative was discovered and a $1 million restoration began.