Despite the System by Clinton Heylin
Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios (Cappella Books)

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Revealing the facts rather than the myths behind Orson Welles's Hollywood career, this groundbreaking history fills in the gaps behind the drama of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles's films, as released, never matched his youthful masterpiece Citizen Kane, this historical investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith in his audience, and the brilliance of his films—before they were butchered by the studios. Based on shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos, interviews, articles, lectures, and personal correspondence, this work creates a concrete picture of his struggles and successes. This heartbreaking tale brings to life the intelligent, perceptive, and passionate man who, for all his failings as a person, was utterly uncompromising in his art.
 

About Clinton Heylin

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\Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, Can You Feel the Silence: Van Morrison, The Da Capo Book of Rock & Roll Writing, and No More Sad Refrains: The Life and Times of Sandy Denny.
 
Published February 1, 2005 by Chicago Review Press. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Whether Welles cribbed from Mankiewicz -- who objected to having to share writing credit in the finished film -- or whether it was Toland rather than Welles who was responsible for the unusual photographic effects and visual design, in the last analysis it's immaterial.

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Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios by Clinton Heylin Canongate £16.99, pp400 When Citizen Kane was released in 1941, Orson Welles had already established himself as a rogue element in Hollywood.

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Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios by Clinton Heylin 402pp, Canongate, £16.99 Orson Welles - the wonder kid from Kenosha - arrived in Hollywood in 1939, aged 25, for what would be a critical period in the development of the studio system, which was personified by Welles...

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Using shooting scripts, shooting schedules, internal studio memos, private correspondence to and from Welles, and the director's interviews and public lectures, Heylin re-evaluates the circumstances under which Welles produced the six movies he made for Hollywood studios, from 1941's Citizen Kane...

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