Spanning over ten years ofrevealing conversations between Orson Welles and his friend and fellow directorPeter Bogdanovich, these discussions offer an intimate, autobiographicalportrait of the life and opinions of one of our century's greatest storytellers,Orson Welles. This is a rare look into the mind of an enigmatic genius whoseaccomplishments continue to dazzle audiences.
Contents ·Tape One: Citizen Kane and other projects ·Tape Two: The Magnificent Ambersons, Chimes at Midnight,and The Other Side of the Wind ·Tape Three: Othello, Touch of Evil, The Lady FromShanghai, and The Trial ·Tape Four: Radio, Televison, Comics and more
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
In 1992, the first publication of This Is Orson Welles brought a priceless document to light. In the late '60s and early '70s, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich had conducted extensive interviews with Welles, but a number of circumstances--including the director's decision to compose an autobiography that he never got around to writing--kept the interviews out of the public eye. Edited and annotated by Jonathan Rosenbaum, these conversations give wonderful insights into Welles's craft and personality. He discusses his forays into acting, producing, and writing as well as directing, his confidences and insecurities, and his plans for film projects that were either never made or only partially completed. He also offers insights into the triumph of Citizen Kane and later masterpieces like The Lady from Shanghai, Touch of Evil, Othello, and Chimes at Midnight. His defense of his controversial adaptation of Kafka's The Trial is so fascinating that readers might want to rush out and rent the film.
While the book is worth owning just for this 322-page interview, it is also full of other material that is equally revealing. Rosenbaum presents a meticulous chronology of Welles's life, closely following his day-to-day activities from his birth in 1915 to his death in 1985. Anyone who thinks that Welles was an essentially lazy and profligate artist will be astonished at how hard he worked and how much he accomplished, even after the completion of Citizen Kane. Another treat found in the book is a detailed description--complete with rare photographic stills--of the original Magnificent Ambersons, Welles's impressive follow-up to Kane, which can now be seen only in a tragically truncated version.
This 1998 reissue of the volume contains a fond new introduction by Bogdanovich and another crucial piece of Welles minutia, excerpts from his 58-page memo to Universal Pictures about the editing of Touch of Evil. Forty years after its composition, the material in this memo has been used to create a restored "director's cut" of the film. With such grand material between two covers, This Is Orson Welles is the most informative and entertaining book available on one of the 20th century's greatest artists. --Raphael ShargelFrom the Back Cover:
Orson Welles (1915-1985) was the last true Renaissance man of the twentieth century. From such great radio works as "War of the Worlds" to his cinematic masterpieces Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Othello, Macbeth, Touch of Evil, and Chimes at Midnight, Welles was a master storyteller. This is Orson Welles, a collection of penetrating and witty conversations between Welles and Peter Bogdanovich, includes insights into: Welles' radio, theater, film, and television work; Hollywood producers, directors, and stars; and almost everything else, from acting to magic, literature to comic strips, bullfighters to gangsters.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description HarperCollins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL2194127
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004539377
Book Description Harper Collins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 000255240X Books shipped daily. Professional seller. Bookseller Inventory # Z000255240XZ2
Book Description Harper Collins 1993-01-01, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 000255240X We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # POTM-000255240X
Book Description Harper Collins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1993 hardcover 1st UK edition. Edgewear on dj, fold on back flap, corners bumped, notes/margin marks in first part of book, light soil on edge, binding tight . Oversize book extra shipping charges will apply, especially for international and priority orders as this will not fit into a flat rate envelope. Due to numerous problems, I no longer ship to Brazil Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1473350465965
Book Description Harper Collins, 1993. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 000255240X-2-4