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I've been watching all Orson Welles movies in the past month or so, and I decided to enhance my viewing by reading a this book. I actually wanted to read more in depth about every single movie, but that's not what this book is about. The author does cover all his movies, and what happened around them, but his main focus are his own experiences as an actor in Welles's unreleased film The Other Side of the Wind. However, thanks to his close relationship with the director, we do get a picture of We...
An excellent retelling of a life few people actually know. Here McBride gives a scholarly account of a life often told through misconceived rumors. Welles was not the screw up most people thought him to be, but was actually very artistic, industrious, and hard working. McBride's writing is good here, serving to decloud misperceptions rather than to tell a story. Often times it jumps about, following a non-linear fashion.
ExcellentFascinating insight into a fascinating life very well lived. Highly recommend it for film buffs or anyone interested in Orson Welles.
This is a splendid biography of one of the 20th-century’s greatest geniuses - Orson Welles. Actor, theatre artist, filmmaker. Complex man.It rightly sees Orson Welles’ career and life story not so much as a tragedy of wasted genius wronged by his own flaws but as a tragicomedy of a man who was flawed within and besetted from outside, and yet who made much of himself and his talents, and who took directions ahead of his time, experimented, tried new things. The Other Side of the Wind, his once-un...
I'd certainly like to read more on Welles, but this seems a great place to start. Thorough and relatively even-handed as far as biographies go, which is rare when it comes to this particular subject.