Orson Welles : interviews

edited by Mark W. Estrin

An array of interviews, profiles, and press conferences tracing the half century that this multidimensional film director and actor was in the public eye.

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This book brings together an exceptional array of interviews, profiles, and press conferences tracing the half century that Orson Welles (1915- 1985) was in the public eye. Originally published or broadcast between 1938 and 1989 in worldwide locations, these pieces confirm that Welles's career was multidimensional and thoroughly inter-woven with Welles's persona. Several of them offer vivid testimony to his grasp on the public imagination in Welles's heyday, including accounts of his "War of the Worlds" broadcast. Some interviews appear in English for the first time. Two transcriptions of British television interviews have never before appeared in print. Interviewers include Kenneth Tynan, French critic Andre Bazin, and Gore Vidal. The subjects center on the performing arts but also embrace philosophy, religion, history, and, especially, American society and politics. Welles confronts painful topics: the attempts to suppress "Citizen Kane," RKO's mutilation of "The Magnificent Ambersons," his loss of directorial authority, his regret at never having run for political office, and his financial struggles. "I would have sold my soul" to play Marlon Brando's role as Don Corleone in "The Godfather," he tells a BBC interviewer. Welles deflates the notion of the film director's omnipotence, insisting that it is only in the editing studio that he possesses "absolute control." With scholarly erudition, Welles revels in the plays of Shakespeare and discusses their adaptation to stage and screen. He assesses rival directors and eminent actors, offers penetrating analyses of "Citizen Kane," "Touch of Evil," "Chimes at Midnight," and "The Third Man," and declares that he never made a film that lacked an ethical point-of-view. These conversations reveal the majestic mind and talent of Welles from a fresh perspective. Mark W. Estrin, a professor of English and film studies at Rhode Island College, is editor of "Conversations with Eugene O'Neill" (University Press of Mississippi) and "Critical Essays on Lillian Hellman" and the author of numerous articles on film and dramatic literature.

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書名 Orson Welles : interviews
著作者等 Welles, Orson
Estrin, Mark W.
Estrin Mark W
シリーズ名 Conversations with filmmakers series
出版元 University Press of Mississippi
刊行年月 c2002
ページ数 liv, 228 p., [8] p. of plates
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 1578062098
NCID BA57295134
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国