What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Careerby Joseph McBrideThe University Press of Kentucky, 394 pp., Paperback, $29.95Published Jan. 11, 2022 What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? grew out of writer Joseph McBride’s frustration with the public … Continue reading WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ORSON WELLES?
For many, it’s the greatest of all time. But when it was released 80 years ago, Citizen Kane was a death sentence. The movie’s director and star, Orson Welles, came to Hollywood by way of the stage and radio with a contract … Continue reading CITIZEN KANE
The legacy of Orson Welles looms large in the history of cinema. So large, even Welles himself fell into its blackness. “The word genius was whispered into my ear—the first thing I heard—while I was still mewling in my crib,” … Continue reading ORSON WELLES
You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours,” Herman J. Mankiewicz says. “All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.” The movie Mankiewicz refers to is Citizen Kane—arguably one of the most well-known movies ever made—but … Continue reading MANK
Do you know that I always liked Hollywood very much? It just wasn’t reciprocated. —Orson Welles Continue reading In Their Words — Friday, June 21, 2013
You see, I had the best contract anybody had for Kane. Nobody comes on the set. Nobody gets to look at the rushes. Nothing! You just make the picture and that’s it. If I hadn’t had that contract, they would have … Continue reading In Their Words — Monday, May 6, 2013
If I’d only stayed in the theater, I could have worked steadily, without stopping for all these years. But, having made one film, I decided that it was the best and most beautiful form that I knew and one that … Continue reading In Their Words — Monday, October 15, 2012