Orson Welles: The Pocket Essential Guide (Revised and Updated Edition)

Orson Welles: The Pocket Essential Guide (Revised and Updated Edition)

Martin Fitzgerald

Language: English

Pages: 28


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A fat guy with a deep voice who drank a lot of sherry? An unreliable film-maker who always went over time and over budget? One of the most innovative storytellers of the century? He was all of this and more.

Welles shocked Broadway with his all-black voodoo version of Macbeth, challenged the US government with his production of The Cradle Will Rock, terrified America with his spoof radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, and then at the tender age of 26, directed what many people consider the greatest American film ever made: Citizen Kane.

What's in this Pocket Essential guide? As well as an introductory essay, each of Welles's films is individually reviewed and analysed, and there's a handy multimedia reference guide.

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music repeated throughout the picture to get his money’s worth. Although The Lady From Shanghai was ready for distribution early in 1947, Cohn did not like it and feared it would harm the reputation of his star. He held it back, waited for other Rita films to be made and released, before releasing The Lady From Shanghai on the bottom half of a double bill in May 1948. It was a financial disaster. Cohn never forgave Welles for ‘ruining’ his star. Cohn spread it all over Hollywood that Welles could

repeating at the end is an echo to the end of Brighton Rock, where the record Pinky leaves for his girlfriend constantly repeats “I love you.” Themes: Loss of Integrity; The Big Man Falls; Betrayal Of Friends. Subtext: The central question is: “Who is the boss - the cop or the law?” (In many ways, this is a similar theme to The Trial, since Quinlan abuses and manipulates the law.) Touch Of Evil is about the decline and fall of Quinlan, as witnessed by Vargas. Quinlan is fascinating because of his

lively, inventive film which darts from whimsy to anguish to thoughts of mortality with ease. It is a genuine original. Would I lie to you? 4/5 86 Filming Othello (1978) “My definition of success is not having things thrown at me!” Director & Writer Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles (Himself), Micheál MacLiammóir (Himself), Hilton Edwards (Himself), 90 mins Story: The film consists of Welles in front of a moviola, talking to the camera. He explains the ideas behind the making of his 1952 film

Well, here is over 600 pages of it, backed up with lots of first-hand interviews. It portrays Welles in a positive light and really brings across what great fun he was. This is probably your best starting-point to learn about Welles in more detail. Very cosy. Orson Welles by John Russell Taylor, Pavilion Books, 1986 Orson Welles by Joseph McBride, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0306806746 Orson Welles: The Rise And Fall Of An American Genius by Charles Higham, St Martin’s Press, 1985. Higham presents Welles

supplied them for his own dialogue. Reed liked the dialogue, so it was used. The direction was completely Reed’s. 14 “Criticism is the essence of creation.” Orson Welles, aged 10 Welles’ skill as a dramatic writer, especially as an adapter of classics, has been overlooked. He took apart the subject matter and plot, then reassembled the classic in his own style and fashion. In doing so, he did not destroy the spirit of the piece but found a new way of portraying that spirit to a modern

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