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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Thomson, David, 1941-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996
|Named Person:||Orson Welles; Orson Welles; Orson Welles|
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|Description:||463 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Kenosha kid, 1915-39 --
Carte blanche, 1939-42 --
Comeuppance, 1942-58 --
And here, also, is the man who famously "failed," the man who made The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, The Trial and Chimes at Midnight. But to Thomson, those allegedly lesser films are the furnishings of another kind of masterpiece, as large and melancholy as Kane's Xanadu. Here Welles reveals himself as at once a monster of self-destruction and a triumph of self-invention.
Thomson's view of Welles's "fall" is vital to his grasp of a profoundly complex character. We see Welles as a genius haunted by boredom and by the inability to believe in anything, as a victim of indiscipline and the helpless pleasures of talk. He is a man who attracts people, spurns them and then finds them guilty of betrayal. And so people like John Houseman, Herman Mankiewicz and Rita Hayworth, along with so many others, come and go, astonished. Rosebud traces a career of endless striving and continuous drama. At the same time, it is a book of astute film commentary that helps us appreciate Kane anew as the masterpiece of what is too often a shallow medium. It is written with an insight, a daring and a flair worthy of its remarkable protagonist.
- Welles, Orson, -- 1915-1985.
- Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
- Actors -- United States -- Biography.
- Producteurs et réalisateurs de cinéma -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
- Acteurs -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
- Welles, Orson.
- Actors -- Biography -- United States
- Motion picture producers and directors -- Biography -- United States
- Welles, Orson