Orson Welles confounded his fans and his critics throughout his life. Arriving in Hollywood in 1939, he was proclaimed the "Wonder Boy" and by the age of 25 he had made arguably one of the greatest films of the century, "Citizen Kane". Flamboyant and visionary as a film and theatre director, radio producer and actor, writer, painter and magician, ...
Orson Welles confounded his fans and his critics throughout his life. Arriving in Hollywood in 1939, he was proclaimed the "Wonder Boy" and by the age of 25 he had made arguably one of the greatest films of the century, "Citizen Kane". Flamboyant and visionary as a film and theatre director, radio producer and actor, writer, painter and magician, he spent his life working and yet he has been misunderstood as a "difficult, unorthodox" man who had achieved little from a promising start. Until he met Peter Bogdanovich - director of "The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon" and "Mask", and himself a Hollywood maverick - Welles delighted in fuelling the myths that surrounded him and his work. In "This is Orson Welles", he comes clean, revealing in detail the intricacies of his work and, in his own words, "puts the record straight".
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-09-28 This title is a potpourri of material by and about Welles (1915-1985), who wrote, directed and starred in the classic Citizen Kane , played a masterful Harry Lime in The Third Man and wrote, directed and acted in other films that have garnered a devoted if relatively small following. The bulk of the book consists of a series of interviews conducted by director/author Bogdanovich with Welles (interspersed with letters, memos and telegrams), as well as a chronology of Welles's life and career, a description of the scenes and dialogue cut by studio bosses from Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons and notes by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum (which often correct Welles's entertaining but sometimes inaccurate stories). Welles and Bogdanovich's conversation develops interestingly--like the conversation in Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre --and is sprinkled with discussions of Welles's radio career, movies and observations on film and other directors. For example, about Alfred Hitchcock, Welles says: ``There's a certain icy calculation in a lot of Hitch's work that puts me off. He says he doesn't like actors, and sometimes it looks as though he doesn't like people .'' Photos . (Oct.)
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