Discovering Orson Welles

ISBN-10: 0520251237
ISBN-13: 9780520251236
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Of the dozens of books written about Orson Welles, most focus on the central enigma of Welles's career: why did someone so extravagantly talented neglect to finish so many projects? Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has long believed that to dwell on this aspect of the Welles canon is to overlook the wealth of information available by studying the unrealized works. Discovering Orson Welles collects Rosenbaum's writings-to-date on Welles - some 35 years of them - and makes an irrefutable case for the seriousness of his work, illuminating both Welles the artist and Welles the man. The book is also a chronicle of Rosenbaum's highly personal writer's journey and his unceasing efforts to arrive at the truth. The essays, interviews, and reviews are arranged chronologically and are accompanied by commentary that updates the scholarship and sets the record straight. Highlights include Rosenbaum's 1972 interview with Welles about his first Hollywood project, Heart of Darkness; Rosenbaum's rebuttal to Pauline Kael's famous essay, "Raising Kane"; detailed essays and comprehensive discussions of Welles's major unfinished work, including two unrealized projects, The Big Brass Ring and The Cradle Will Rock; and an account of Rosenbaum's work as consultant on the 1998 re-editing of Touch of Evil, based on a studio memo by Welles. These sharp, intelligent, and accessibly written pieces argue for a critical and historical approach to Orson Welles that eschews closure and considers the ideological challenges implicit in Welles's work and career.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Missed It at the Movies: Objections to "Raising Kane"
The Voice and the Eye: A Commentary on the Heart of Darkness Script
Notes on a Conversation with Welles
First Impressions of F for Fake
The Butterfly and the Whale: Orson Welles's F for Fake
Prime Cut (The 107-Minute Touch of Evil)
Andre Bazin and the Politics of Sound in touch of Evil
The Invisible Orson Welles: A First Inventory
Reviews of Biographies by Barbara Leaming and Charles Higham and a Critical Edition of Touch of Evil
Afterword to The Big Brass Ring, a Screenplay by Orson Welles (with Oja Kodar)
Wellesian: Quixote in a Trashcan (New York University Welles Conference)
Reviews of Citizen Welles and a Critical Edition of Chimes at Midnight
Review of Orson Wells: A Bio-Bibliography
Orson Welles's Essay Films and Documentary Fictions: A Two-Part Speculation
The Seven Arkadins
Othello Goes Hollywood
Truth and Consequence: On It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles
Afterword to the Cradle Will Rock, an Original Screenplay by Orson Welles
Orson Welles in the U.S.: An Exchange with Bill Krohn
The Battle over Orson Welles
Touch of Evil Retouched
Excerpt from "Problems of Access: On the Trail of Some Festival Films and Filmmakers" (On Touch of Evil)
Welles in the Lime Light: The Third Man
Orson Welles as Ideological Challenge
Orson Welles's Purloined Letter: F for Fake
When Will-and How Can-We Finish Orson Welles's Don Quixote?
The Present State of the Welles Film Legacy
Index

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