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Features

Wednesday, December 4 2013

The Magnificently Mutilated Ambersons

Though Citizen Kane has cemented his place in film history, The Magnificent Ambersons -- especially had its original ending been kept -- would prove Orson Welles one of Hollywood’s greatest masters of tragedy, if not the greatest.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

Orson Welles' 'The Trial' Is a Study in Transcendental Sociology

It is to Orson Welles’ eternal credit that he is one of the few filmmakers — perhaps the only one — who actually got Kafka right.


Wednesday, October 30 2013

Orson Welles and '40s Film Noir

As Welles had created shadowy noir images in the war years, by the end of the war, he captured the cultural climate of the emerging postwar era in his underrated 1946 noir, The Stranger.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

'Citizen Kane' Is a Labyrinth Without a Centre

The labyrinth structure of the film calls for the audience to be shown a solution, the potential 'centre' of the film.


Monday, October 14 2013

Orson Welles' Subversive Genius: 'The Third Man', Film Noir and the Cold War

Could it be that Orson Welles was directing the films he was acting in even when he wasn't officially "directing" them?


Columns

Thursday, February 4 2010

Orson Welles: A Man of a Certain Ego

“The chief proof of a man’s real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. It argues... a power of comparison and of appreciation which is in itself proof of nobility.”


Reviews

Thursday, December 19 2013

Hate for Orson Welles, Italian Style

Orson Welles In Italy is a key corrective resource for an under-examined portion of Welles' career. If America was resentful of his talent, Italy was downright mean.


Friday, December 2 2011

'Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition': A Magnificent Visual Spectacle

Prepare to be astounded, Citizen Kane in HD might be the most important Blu-ray release of the year.


Tuesday, May 11 2010

Orson Welles Lied About This Book

Either the name on the cover or his denial of authorship is false. This is typical for Welles.


Thursday, May 10 2007

Essential Classics - Dramas (1947)

This collection is an archive which excludes the archivist as target audience.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Citizen Kane (Special Edition) (1941/2001)

PULL.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 3 2012

Sight & Sound-Off: #3 - 'Tokyo Story' and 'Citizen Kane'

(B)oth Citizen Kane and Tokyo Story symbolize the essence of years misplaced. They argue that the wistful memories of the past only propagate disappointment in the present.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

In the Air: Orson Welles's Unfinished 1972 Film, 'The Other Side of the Wind'

The world needs more Orson Welles, and we just might get it. Though quite the Renaissance man, Welles's directorial efforts always seemed to be struggles.


Thursday, May 6 2010

DVR Alert: Orson Welles Film Fest on Turner Classic Movies (6 May)

Welles was perhaps the best friend literature ever had in Hollywood.


News

Thursday, September 15 2011

After 70 years, the greatness of ‘Citizen Kane’ remains undiminished

From a review of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” at the time of its release in 1941: “Before ‘Citizen Kane,’ it’s as if the motion picture


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