What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career

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Overview

"What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career challenges the conventional wisdom that Welles's career after Kane was a long decline and that he spent his final years doing little but eating and making commercials while squandering his earlier promise. In this intimate and often surprising personal portrait, Joseph McBride shows instead how Welles never stopped directing radical, adventurous films and was always breaking new artistic ground as a filmmaker." McBride is the first author to provide a comprehensive examination of the films of Welle's artistically rich yet little know later period in the United States (1970-1985) when McBride knew and worked with him. McBride reports on Welles's daringly experimental film projects, including the legendary 1970-1976 unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, Welles's satire of Hollywood during the Easy Rider era. McBride gives a unique, inside perspective on Welles from the viewpoint of a young film critic playing a spoof of himself in a cast headed by John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich. To put Welles's widely misunderstood later years into context, What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? reexamines the filmmaker's entire life and career. McBride offers many fresh insights into the collapse of Welles's Hollywood career in the 1940s, his subsequent political blacklisting, and his long period of European exile.
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"Scores of books have been written about Orson Welles since his death in 1985, some by colleagues of the great director, others by film scholars. Readers will find the best of both worlds in Joseph McBride's What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?" -- Springfield (MA) Republican

"Indispensable. Joseph McBride's What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? is a brilliantly detailed and authoritative work of scholarship and" -- Steven Bach, author of Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's

"McBride's intimate portrait revealsa man consumed by the love of filmmaking and besieged by a Hollywood more interested incelebrity Schadenfreude than art." -- Tucson Sun

"Provocatively challenges conventional wisdom about Welles's supposed creative decline." -- Turner Classic Movies

"The virtue of McBride's book is its anecdote-illuminated account of Welles's later years. As a film historian" -- Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813124100
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph McBride is an internationally known film critic and historian who for many years has been considered one of the world's leading experts on Orson Welles. McBride's fifteen books also include acclaimed biographies of Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg, and John Ford, and two previous studies of Welles. A former critic and reporter for Daily Variety in Hollywood, McBride is an assistant professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University.

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