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As a follow-up to the Mulvey book on Citizen Kane, I read this collection of essays on the film. About a quarter of the book is taken up with an interview between Peter Bogdanovich and Welles; then there is an article on the history of the scripts, and six articles reprinted from various sources about the film itself. One is an abridged version of the Mulvey book, one is on the soundtrack, one is on Welles' politics as they relate to both his theater work and his films (and has some interesting
This is more of an essay/review collection. I'm not sure what I hoped for in it, but the content varies greatly and should be considered in its different parts as belonging to a certain area of study of the film. How exactly do you review something like this? I'm not quite sure - different authors, different aspects - I think some things are incredibly interesting, but the opposite can be said for other parts. The interview with Orson Welles is probably the best thing in it, but it's hard to say...
Quite a good collection of essays, although there were some I disagreed with in bits and some I disapproved of almost wholly. One or two things mentioned that just Weren't True, but I won't name names.At any rate a great cross-section, though perhaps not the perfect introduction to criticism on the greatest American movie ever made.
The autodidact is one who takes the game of culture too seriously and is thus liable to know too much or too little.-Pierre Bordieu in "The Politics of Magic" in Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook