You've written a wonderful review, well thought out, sincere, and authoritative in your opinions. I enjoyed it and I appreciate it. One small flaw though, sorry to be picky, but it bothers me....Ciaran Hinds "equals" Orson Welles' performance, not the other way around. You said Welles equals Hinds, and that doesn't make as much sense. Welles came first by a great many decades and he is the elder and the first to have performed the role, not the other way around.
Of course, one can argue that if there is "equality," it doesn't matter, but ah, it does, actually. It is a small technicality, but to me and probably other people, and probably you, too, it is a significant difference. Also, I agree, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Peggy Ann Garner, Orson Wells, and so on, are the gold standard, as far as I'm concerned. I also agree, the musical score, the high quality of the screenplay, and the deft use of color and light make this black-and-white version of the story every bit as engaging, engrossing, and effective as any color film, and even this is an accomplishment in itself. I didn't know the musical score was used for another film. That's fascinating. Thank you for that, too.
As for my one criticism, it is just a matter of respect, a small nicety, but although small, it means a great deal. Just as we introduce an younger, a male, or a less distinguished person to an older, a female (presumably a lady), or more distinguished person - because this is the right thing to do, it is protocol, and a small thing, but an important distinction, it is also the case that the correct way to say it is that Ciaran Hinds rises to the high standard set by Orson Welles, and not the other way around. Okay? Thank you.