french actress and ballerina Colette Marchand with Orson Welles
yet more proof that Gaga may be unique, but she is far from original
Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is just so great. The first page of Chapter 12 is a nifty Citizen Kane homage which in no way seems forced. If a epic 300 page story about Scrooge McDuck’s life as a self-made man, (quasi-)adventurer, and tragic Charles Foster Kane type figure sounds interesting, this is the book for you.
Orson looking boss.
Genius at work
Orson Welles filming The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942 by Phil Stern
I’m no cheap, crooked politician, trying to save himself from the consequences of his crimes…Gettys! I’m going to send you to Sing Sing! Sing Sing, Gettys! SING SIIIIIIIIING!
Juliette Greco & Orson Welles.
The old critical preoccupation with what is and is not truly “cinematic” has never ceased to detest the unreality of the stage and to assume that film must be liberated from that unreality by a Zola-esque attention to natural detail. Those who insist on an analogy between Renoir’s moving pictures and the paintings of his father forget that Pierre-Auguste rejoiced in the invention of photography as having liberated painting from the boring chores and dreary obligations of photographic realism.
As for Jean Renoir, he said, “The care of everyone who tries to create something in films is the conflict between exterior realism and interior non-realism.” As for working “close to nature,” he reminded us that “Nature is millions of things. And there are millions of ways of understanding its preoccupations.”
Orson Welles, Jean Renoir: The Greatest of All Directors, Los Angeles Times, 1979.
Orson Welles in 1960 on his political convictions, and forgotten battles between liberals like himself and rightists.