Citizen Welles A biography of Orson Welles

Frank Brady, 1934-

Book - 2023

"George Orson Welles (1915-1985) is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. At just twenty-five years old, he cowrote, produced, directed, and starred in his Academy Award-winning debut film Citizen Kane (1941). His innovative and distinctive directorial style-nonlinear narratives, unusual camera angles, deep focus shots, and long takes-continues to be emulated by directors and cinematographers to this day. The brilliant yet provocative Welles won multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe, and the greatest honor the Directors Guild of America bestowed: the D. W. Griffith Award. His final film, The Other Side of the Wind, was released in 2018, 33 years after his death. In Citizen Welles: A Biography of Or...son Welles, author Frank Brady presents a comprehensive and complete picture of the artist and auteur. Painstakingly researched, Brady delves into Welles's creative achievements, from his critically acclaimed film Citizen Kane and controversial radio broadcast "The War of the Worlds" (1938) to his starring turn on Broadway in Shaw's Heartbreak House (for which he made the cover of Time). Brady also explores other notable films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1965). This all-encompassing work also details the personal side of Welles's life, including his romances with Rita Hayworth and Dolores Del Rio and the confounding tragedy of his final years. Presented is a captivating and compelling encapsulation of the revered and respected artist."

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Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky [2023]
Main Author
Frank Brady, 1934- (author)
[New edition]
Item Description
"First edition published in 1989 by Scribner in a slightly different form."--Title page verso.
Physical Description
ix, 678 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 671-677).
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

``Brady's quiet but unrelenting passion for his subject pulsates beneath his variegated and vastly human portrait of stage, radio and film genius Welles,'' observed PW. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

The last 20 years have produced a wide array of works on Orson Welles (1915--85): some focus on particular periods of his career or were part of a multivolume biography, such as Simon Callow's still unfinished four-part opus; others are colleagues' memoirs. This reprint of Brady's (Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy) illuminating 1989 biography refreshingly focuses on Welles, the artist and filmmaker, due to Brady's observation that Welles's real biography lies in his work. After interviewing countless contemporaries of Welles's, Brady collected the most pertinent details of his career in theater, radio, and film and crafted them into a comprehensive narrative that still manages to whet the appetite for more. And with Welles, there is always more. Brady covers Welles's personal life in a thorough and objective manner but thankfully avoids the prurient details that many other biographers chose to focus on. Brady is also an excellent storyteller, and this deeply researched book maintains an engaging narrative. This is a word-for-word reprint of the original, except for minor edits to the preface, and it does not include the original's selected list of his film, stage, and radio appearances. VERDICT A wonderfully crafted and honest look at a creative giant.--Peter Thornell

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