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Mercury Theatre

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Works: 40 works in 93 publications in 1 language and 4,329 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Television adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary television programs  Televised plays  Journalism films  Television programs  Fiction 
Roles: Performer, fds
Classifications: PN1997, 822.33
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Citizen Kane by Orson Welles( visu )
21 editions published between 1941 and 2015 in English and held by 3,289 libraries worldwide
The battle over Citizen Kane: Examines the lives of William Randolph Hearst, the powerful newspaper magnate, and director/actor Orson Welles as they clashed over Welles first film: "Citizen Kane". Hearst's reaction upon learning about the film, which portrayed him unfavorably, was to work to suppress it and destroy Welles. Major movie theater chains refused to show "Citizen Kane", and Welles' masterpiece virtually disappeared for almost 25 years. Never again would Orson Welles gain control of a major Hollywood production
Othello by William Shakespeare( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 388 libraries worldwide
In Venice during 1570, Desdemona, daughter of a powerful nobleman, elopes with Othello, a proud Moor celebrated as the city's most awesome warrior. Iago, who has served alongside Othello for a decade, is angered when the general chooses another lieutenant, Cassio, as his second in command. In retribution, Iago sabotages Cassio's promotion and convinces Othello that the handsome officer is cuckolding him. Othello writhes under the tortures Iago has created, and in a fit of jealousy smothers Desdemona, who caresses her beloved husband as she dies
A performance of Macbeth by William Shakespeare( visu )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Eleventh century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship
The war of the worlds by H. G Wells( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
The infamous 1938 broadcast that had a nation convinced the planet was being invaded by martians
Bunny by Jack Thorne( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 54 libraries worldwide
"Scorching heat. A fight. A car chase. A siege. When her boyfriend is attacked on the street, feisty eighteen-year-old Katie is thrust on a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening. Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future."--Publisher description
The magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles( visu )
8 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
"In 1873, in a small Midland town, the magnificence of the Ambersons, the town's wealthiest family, dominates the social scene. The denizens are abuzz with the news that Isabel Amberson, the daughter of the family, has jilted her suitor, Eugene Morgan, because he embarrassed her by becoming tipsy and stepping through a bass violin. After Isabel spurns Gene for the more prosaic Wilbur Minafer, the couple are married and bear a son, George Amberson Minafer. Isabel pours all the love that she felt for Gene into George, and consequently the boy develops into a spoiled enfant terrible. He soon engenders the enmity of all the townspeople, who eagerly anticipate the boy's 'comeuppance.' Years later, George comes home from college for the holidays and his family stages one of the last great balls in his honor. Gene, now widowed, returns to town after a long absence and attends the dance with his daughter Lucy. George, enchanted by Lucy and unaware of her father's former romance with his mother, asks her to dance. When Lucy tells George that her father, an inventor, is developing a horseless carriage, George ridicules the idea, causing Lucy to comment on the boy's self-important attitude. After George declares that his goal in life is to become a yachtsman, Lucy criticizes his lack of ambition. At the end of the evening, George voices his animosity toward Gene and teases his spinster aunt Fanny about pursuing the widower. The next afternoon, George invites Lucy on a sleigh ride. When their sleigh overturns, spilling them into the snow, Gene gives them a ride home in his horseless carriage. Some time later, Wilbur, who has become depressed over a series of bad investments, dies. Unmoved by his father's death, George returns from school and continues to taunt Fanny about her romantic interest in Gene. As the Ambersons' fortune declines, Gene's auto factory becomes a financial success. While seated in the arbor with Isabel one day, Gene, who has never stopped loving her, begs her to tell George about their love for each other, but Isabel is afraid to incur her son's disapproval. Later, George proposes to Lucy, and when she rejects him because of his lack of ambition, George blames Gene for Lucy's opinions. After Lucy leaves town to visit a friend, the Ambersons invite Gene to dinner. When the discussion turns to the way in which Gene's horseless carriage will revolutionize civilization, George denounces the automobile as a nuisance. After dinner, Fanny praises George for defending his mother's reputation by being rude to Gene. When Fanny tells George that the entire town has been gossiping about Gene's courtship of Isabel, the boy becomes furious. The next day, when Gene comes to take Isabel for a drive, George refuses to let him see his mother and slams the door in his face. Shocked by George's behavior, Jack, Isabel's brother, escorts his sister into the dining room for a private conference to discuss his nephew's conduct, while George and Fanny bicker on the staircase. Afterward, in a letter to Isabel, Gene confides his fear that George will never accept their marriage and presses her to choose between her true love and her son. Although torn, the always-devoted mother Isabel chooses her son. When Lucy returns home, George informs her that he and his mother are leaving on an around-the-world trip and he may never see her again. Lucy feigns indifference, but once George walks away, she faints. Some time later, Jack returns home from Paris after visting his sister and George. He confides to Gene that although Isabel is gravely ill, George will not allow her to leave Europe. When Isabel, now an invalid, returns home to die, Gene comes to see her but is turned away by her family because she is too sick for visitors. As George holds his mother's hand at her deathbed, Isabel, with her dying words, expresses her desire to see Gene one last time. Soon after, Isabel's father, Major Amberson, devastated by his daughter's death and family's dwindling fortunes, dies. Penniless, Jack says goodbye to George and leaves town to accept a job elsewhere. Gene, now accompanied by Lucy, returns to the arbor where Lucy recalls the legend of a brash young Indian chief who was exiled by his tribe for his odious conduct. Destitute, George finds employment as a low-paid clerk in a law office. When Fanny, in a hysterical fit of self-pity, insists on moving into an expensive boardinghouse, however, George quits his job to take higher paying work in a dynamite factory. On the day before he is to move out of the family mansion, George visits his deceased mother's empty bed and preys for forgiveness. Afterward, he is struck by a car and hospitalized. When Lucy reads the news of George's accident, she insists on going to him at the hospital and Gene follows. In the corridor outside George's room, Gene tells Fanny that Lucy's presence has restored George's will to live and that George has extended his hand and asked for forgiveness. Gene then confides that he felt Isabel's presence in George's hospital room and that by offering her son refuge, he was being true to his undying love for her"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's Macbeth with Orson Welles in the title role. Moved by his own burning ambition and that of his unscrupulous wife, Madbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland and seizes his crown. But his insatiable lust for power soon leads Macbeth towards his own destruction
Julius Caesar Richard II by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
The Ultimate Orson Welles by Orson Welles( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
5 editions published between 1938 and 1998 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
"In Shakespear's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid."--Container
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published between 1938 and 1940 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
As a triumphal parade celebrates Julius Caesar and his defeat of the Roman general Pompey, Cassius schemes with Brutus to bring an end to Caesar before he becomes king and destroys the republic. Meanwhile, a soothsayer warns Caesar to "beware the Ides of March".--Container
The Mercury Theatre on the air ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
The Mercury Theatre was an independent repertory company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and producer John Houseman, who is best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the The Paper Chase. After a series of acclaimed stage productions, Welles and his Mercury Theatre were offered their own weekly hour-long radio program over the CBS radio network
Citizen Kane original motion picture soundtrack by Orson Welles( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
The war of the worlds definitive 75th anniversary collection, 1938-2013 by H. G Wells( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
The night before Halloween, October 30th, or Devil s Night if you will, was once an event that found mischievous youngsters pulling off relatively innocent pranks such as strewing toilet paper on trees, smashing eggs on cars, and marking storefront windows with a bar of soap. Yet one particular Devil s Night in 1938 included a live radio broadcast of H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds, and our world was never quite the same. That night its creator, a relatively unknown 23-year-old with an eloquent, seasoned voice beyond his years named Orson Welles (who later described the broadcast as merely a Halloween prank ), became an overnight sensation. The next time anyone heard of him, he d won an Oscar with Citizen Kane. In fact, many of the evening s key co-conspirators would also go on to monumental Oscar-winning careers, including producer-turned-actor John Houseman (The Paper Chase, Julius Caesar), writer Howard Koch (Casablanca, Sergeant York), and composer Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, Psycho, Taxi Driver). But on this night, they sent thousands of panicked radio listeners into a frenzied wave of terror unlike any event before that crisp October night. This definitive, limited edition, digitally-remastered 2 CD set marks the 75th anniversary of this legendary 1938 broadcast featuring vast liner notes, rare photographs, the thrilling 1955 broadcast starring Dana Andrews (Laura), and a seldom-heard 1940 radio conversation between Orson Welles and the author of the original story, H.G. Wells. --Official Press Release
The battle over Citizen Kane ( visu )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
American experience documentary about the making of Citizen Kane and Orson Welles estate
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1938 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
"In the kingdom of Illyria, Lady Olivia mourns her brother as Orsino's hopeless love for her goes unanswered. After a shipwreck, Viola comes ashore, believing her own brother dead. To gain entry into Olivia's home, Viola disguises herself as a man and goes by the name Cesario. Viola falls in love with Orsino, notwithstanding Orsino's love for Olivia or the fact that he believes Viola to be a man. Compounding matters, Olivia in turn is struck with love for Cesario, setting the stage for a play of unparalleled cleverness"--Web page image
Citizen Kane ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner is rooted in themes of power, corruption, and vanity: the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man's last word, 'Rosebud'
Macbeth by Orson Welles( visu )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
In this classic story, Macbeth, driven by overwhelming ambition and an unscrupulous wife, murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. He begins a violent reign of terror and execution in a desperate attempt to maintain his power. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife rapidly descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as the weight of their crimes proves their undoing
 
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controlled identity Mercury Acting Company

マーキュリー・プロダクション
水星剧团
空中水銀劇場
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