This Is Orson Welles by Orson Welles

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The correspondence between Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich reveals Welles's true feelings about films, theater, the radio and television industries, and various Hollywood directors and stars. $25,000 ad/promo.

About Orson Welles

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Peter Bogdanovich is the award-winning director of The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What's Up Doc?, Mask, and others; he is also the author of John Ford, Pieces of Time, The Killing of the Unicorn, and Who the Devil Made It. He lives in New York City. Jonathan Rosenbaum is the co-author of Midnight Movies, author of Moving Places, Placing Movies, and Movies as Politics; and film critic for the Chicago Reader.
Published September 1, 1992 by Harpercollins. 533 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the earlier work’s munificent tribute to Houseman, he writes off Welles as “the uncontested great white hope of the American theater who came to nothing in the end.” Now, having performed insightful close readings of Welles’s 1940’s films — especially “The Stranger,” “The Lady From Shanghai” a...

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The Guardian

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Orson Welles: Hello Americans by Simon Callow 528pp, Jonathan Cape, £25 "God, how they'll love me when I'm dead," Orson Welles lamented to Peter Bogdanovich in the early 1980s.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 Magni...

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The Independent

There have been a lot of books dissecting the decline, combing the myth from Welles's appearance on the cover of Time at the age of 22 to his knockabout routines on low-rent television chat- shows in the years before his death in 1985.

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London Review of Books

In the remaining minute Welles threw together an apology: ‘This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character.

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The New Yorker

There’s a fascinating discussion of the terrible story in “This Is Orson Welles,” a book-length collection of interviews with Welles by Peter Bogdanovich, accompanied by a wealth of supplements provided by the book’s editor, Jonathan Rosenbaum (including a script of the material that was cut from...

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Time Out Bangalore

Ebert’s informative commentary track is apt for viewers who are unfamiliar with the mythos of Kane – Hollywood’s jealousy of wonder boy Welles, the closed sets that concealed the film’s explosive subject matter, the blacklisting of the film by the Hearst press.

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