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Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Jesse Cataldo September 18, 2014 0

A serial dissembler and renowned bullshit artist, Orson Welles remains an expansively ambiguous figure, his gift for self promotion tending to shift focus depending on whichever fiction – cinematic or otherwise – he was

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Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Pat Padua September 11, 2014 0

Director Werner Herzog recently told a Brooklyn audience that “facts do not constitute the truth.” His statement suggests a healthy skepticism of mass media, but what of its corollary: does fiction ever show us

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Oeuvre: Welles: Macbeth

Oeuvre: Welles: Macbeth

Jake Cole September 4, 2014 0

In the context of Orson Welles’ career, Macbeth is hardly as surprising or unorthodox as contemporary reviews received it. Welles’ Mercury days were typified by heavily restructured, stylistically idiosyncratic Shakespeare productions, most notably his

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Lady from Shanghai

Oeuvre: Welles: The Lady from Shanghai

Drew Hunt August 28, 2014 0

Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, his feverish film noir and “the weirdest great movie ever made” according to Dave Kehr, is partly, like so much of Welles’s work, a story of compromise. The

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Stranger

Oeuvre: Welles: The Stranger

Alex Peterson August 14, 2014 0

Fans of Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil who have not seen Orson Welles’ lesser known (if not necessarily lesser) works will not be surprised that, even as a studio hired gun, he was

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons

Oeuvre: Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons

Jake Cole August 7, 2014 0

The Magnificent Ambersons will forever exist as a shade of itself, haunted by the specter of its own butchered potential. By now the story surrounding the film is more well-known than the film itself:

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Oeuvre: Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Oeuvre: Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Forrest Cardamenis July 31, 2014 0

Citizen Kane is about, among other things, the search for the unknowable, or at least the unhelpful. Jerry Thompson (William Alland) is tasked with learning as much about the life of Charles Foster Kane

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My Lunches with Orson: Edited by Peter Biskind

My Lunches with Orson: Edited by Peter Biskind

Stacia Kissick Jones August 25, 2013 0

In the early 1980s, director Henry Jaglom occasionally joined Orson Welles for lunch at Ma Maison, where the pair talked at length about current film projects, silent movie stars, past loves, gossip, weather, any

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Film Dunce: The Lady from Shanghai

Film Dunce: The Lady from Shanghai

Jake Cole May 1, 2012 0

Film Dunce is a weekly series in which one of our writers finally succumbs to the lure of a movie that has long been a big part of our culture that they have never

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In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles: by Chris Welles Feder

In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles: by Chris Welles Feder

Lauren Westerfield November 7, 2009 0

In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles by Chris Welles Feder Rating: 3.0/5.0 Algonquin Books As an actor, director, beleaguered genius and notorious expatriate, Orson Welles has been celebrated and scrutinized countless

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