Orson Welles needed money. That’s how this story begins. Back in 1946, Welles was putting the finishing touches on an ambitious stage production of Around the World in 80 Days—a musical!—and funds were running dry. So he called studio boss … Continue reading THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
How many times can you watch a movie before you discover its secrets? I’ve probably seen Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane more than any other movie. That’s not something I set out to do; it just sort of happened that way. Ten years ago, … Continue reading Fun with aspects ratios in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
I guess you could say the low point arrived on March 27, 2022, with the broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards. No, the “slap heard ’round the world” wasn’t it—though that cast a pall over the proceedings, didn’t it?—but the … Continue reading Cinema 101
Every year, the Australian-based online quarterly, Senses of Cinema, invites writers from all over the globe to submit their selections for the best movies of the year—including those seen for the first time regardless of the year of release. As I … Continue reading SENSES OF CINEMA: 2021 World Cinema Poll
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
Let us raise our cups. Standing as some of us do on opposite ends of the river, and drink together. … To the movies. To good movies. To every possible kind.” —Orson Welles’ AFI Life Achievement Award acceptance speech, Feb. … Continue reading One last toast to the wunkerkind: Dispatches from the 2018 Telluride Film Festival
Based on a novel by Franz Kafka, The Trail is filmmaker Orson Welles at his most Wellesian. Anthony Perkins stars as K, a man accused of a crime he neither committed nor comprehends. K can ask all the questions he wants, but … Continue reading THE TRIAL
They’re all sort of home movies—a vacation documented… —Orson Welles to Peter Bogdanovich Paris, February 1955: Orson Welles is trying to get a staged version of Moby Dick off the ground. Enter English writer Wolf Mankowitz. Armed with means, Mankowitz convinces Welles … Continue reading AROUND THE WORLD WITH ORSON WELLES
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