December 5, 2009 |
Christian McKay didn't like the comparison the first time he heard it. The words "You look a bit like Orson Welles" could send any young actor screaming back to his personal trainer. "It was at RADA [the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], and I was incredibly upset," the British actor recalls. "My generation remembers the older Orson being interviewed on ' Merv Griffin' and 'Parkinson' [a long-running BBC chat show]. And selling sherry. And being enormous, 350 pounds! I thought anybody seeing a resemblance was having a go at my weight."
November 29, 2009 |
There are not one but two legends of Orson Welles, overlapping but contradictory. In the first, a brilliant wunderkind is undermined by studio skulduggery and a certain naiveté, never fulfilling his exorbitant talent; in the second, that same wunderkind is a boozy blowhard who betrays his talent with alcohol, easy pleasures and a fatal lack of artistic rigor. Both bear some resemblance to the director of "Citizen Kane," but alone, neither is enough to convey the vastness of the larger-than-life character.
October 8, 2009 |
It's a tough call for classic film lovers on Friday -- Kurosawa or Welles? The beautifully restored print of Akira Kurosawa's landmark 1950 drama "Rashomon" visits the Nuart Theatre for a one-week engagement beginning Friday. Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyo star in this groundbreaking examination of human nature that revolves around four people's differing accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. www.landmarktheatres.com Effects pioneer Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is featuring a newly struck print of Orson Welles' 1941 masterwork "Citizen Kane" on Friday at the Linwood Dunn Theater.
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July 12, 2009 |
Of all the myths enshrouding Michael Jackson's too-brief life, none was more potent than his image as the isolated artist, the tormented creative soul cut off from ordinary mortals. It's an archetype with a strongly American pedigree, as grizzled and hoary as Citizen Kane clutching his snow globe while he sits alone in Xanadu, brooding on happier days. Thoreau took to his cabin in the woods. Howard Hughes hid out naked in germ-free hotels. Elvis holed up in Graceland under the sway of drugs and a byzantine retinue of friends and false comforters.
April 14, 2009 |
Celebrating its 15th anniversary today, Turner Classic Movies, the commercial-free cable network specializing in vintage and contemporary classic films, has never altered its modus operandi. The channel, which reaches 80 million homes, shows 400 different films each month and augments them with TCM-produced documentaries on actors, genres and directors, as well as interviews, guest programmers and franchises such as silent films on Sundays.
April 2, 2009 |
Orson Welles, at least in my house, is at the top of the list of great American directors, so the chance to see a selection of his key films on the big screen -- which is what's on tap for the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica -- is always welcome. The series, titled "Rogue Genius: An Orson Welles Retrospective," starts Wednesday with "Confidential Report/Mr.
October 5, 2008 |
A ROUTINE genre assignment that its beleaguered director turned into the most Shakespearean film noir of all time, "Touch of Evil" was primed to be Orson Welles' comeback, the movie that revived his Hollywood career after a long period in the wilderness. Instead, this 1958 masterpiece, a vision of human fallibility as grand as it is seedy, was the last film he made for a major studio. Welles was first hired not as director but as an actor, to play the villain in a Universal movie based on a pulp novel titled "Badge of Evil.
December 12, 2007 |
Orson Welles' personal working script of "Citizen Kane" sold for almost $100,000 Tuesday, but his Oscar for the 1941 film was withdrawn after bidding failed to rise above the seller's minimum price. Sotheby's auction house said it immediately received inquiries about the Oscar and may consider selling it privately. The Academy Award for best screenplay had been estimated to fetch $800,000 to $1.2 million.
June 21, 2007 |
The votes are in and, once again, the American Film Institute has chosen Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" as the greatest movie of all time. Films that also made the AFI's top 10 are "The Godfather," "Casablanca," "Raging Bull," "Singin' in the Rain," "Gone With the Wind," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Schindler's List," "Vertigo" and "The Wizard of Oz." A jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians made the selections, which were included in the AFI's "100 Years ...
May 31, 2007 |
Sixty-six years after its release, "Citizen Kane" is still making waves. A court of appeals ruled Wednesday that Beatrice Welles, daughter of maverick filmmaker and star Orson Welles, may be entitled to home video rights and profit participation for the classic 1941 film. The three-judge panel said a lower court was wrong to side against her in favor of Turner Entertainment Co., a unit of Time Warner Inc., without adequately considering a 1939 contract between Welles and RKO Radio Pictures Inc.