Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu (Orson Welles / Simon Callow)

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As a man and an artist, Orson Welles was larger-than-life--vivid, energetic, unpredictable, and riveting. But in this first volume of his masterful, highly acclaimed biography, Simon Callow finally captures the chameleonic genius whole, as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here, brilliantly placed in its historical and social setting, is Welles's prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and the groundbreaking triumphs of his all-black Macbeth and his modern-dress Julius Caesar; the pioneering radio work that culminated in the notorious 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds"; and finally, Hollywood--with a fascinatingly detailed and authoritative account of the making of "Citizen Kane," still regarded by many as the finest film of all time. Rich in detail, wit, and insight, Callow's "Orson Welles" succeeds in revealing a life even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded it.

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A vast, magnificent book about a vast, magnificent man, the first volume of Simon Callow's biography takes us from Welles' birth and prodigious boyhood to Citizen Kane. Pronounced a genius from the age of two, by ten Orson Welles was an artist, an actor and a poet, by thirteen - when he was already six foot tall - he was directing theatre and reviewing opera. At sixteen Welles set off to travel round Ireland on a donkey; he ended up in Dublin at The Gate Theatre and became, overnight, a star. A star he remained, a brilliant actor and director and a supremely talented writer. Simon Callow writes with great insight and refreshing verve, of Welles' career in the theatre, in radio (the notorious broadcast of The War of the Worlds, and finally in the cinema, where at the age of twenty-three, with no previous experience in the medium, Welles made the greatest film the cinema has ever seen, Citizen Kane.

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Orson Welles In this first volume of his masterful, highly acclaimed biography, Simon Callow captures the genius of Orson Welles, revealing a life even more extraordinary than the myths that have surrounded it. "A splendidly entertaining, definitive work".--"Entertainment Weekly" . of photos. Full description

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