The films of Orson Welles inhabit the spaces of citiesfrom America's industrializing midland to its noirish borderlands, from Europe's medieval fortresses to its Kafkaesque labyrinths and postwar rubblescapes. His movies take us through dark streets to confront nightmarish struggles for power, the carnivalesque and bizarre, and the shadows and light of human character.
This ambitious new study explores Welles's vision of cities by following recurring themes across his work, including urban transformation, race relations and fascism, the utopian promise of cosmopolitanism, and romantic nostalgia for archaic forms of urban culture. It focuses on the personal and political foundation of Welles's cinematic citiesthe way he invents urban spaces on film to serve his dramatic, thematic, and ideological purposes.
The book's critical scope draws on extensive research in international archives and builds on the work of previous scholars. Viewing Welles as a radical filmmaker whose innovative methods were only occasionally compatible with the commercial film industry, this volume examines the filmmaker's original vision for butchered films, such as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Mr. Arkadin (1955), and considers many projects the filmmaker never completedan immense "shadow oeuvre" ranging from unfinished and unreleased films to unrealized treatments and screenplays.
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About the Author
Matthew Asprey Gear is an honorary academic at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has lectured in film studies and screenwriting and is the founding coeditor of Contrappasso magazine. Visit www.matthewaspreygear.com
Table of Contents
Prelude: A Nuisance in a Factory: Hollywood: 1939-48, 1956-58 13
1 The Decline and Fall of the Lincoln Republic 21
2 An Empire Upon an Empire: Citizen Kane (1941) 33
3 The Darkening Midland: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 49
4 Darkness and Fear: The Early Anti-Fascist Thrillers 77
5 The Raucous Raggle-Taggle Jamboree of the Streets It's All True (Unfinished, 1942) 99
6 Ratline to Main Street: The Stranger (1946) 125
7 Port to Port: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) 145
8 The Border: Touch of Evil (1958) 163
9 Return to the Periphery: The Other Man (unproduced, 1977) 181
Interlude: A Free Man is Everywhere: Europe & Beyond: 1947-55, 1958-85 193
10 Skies and Rubblescape: Mr. Arkadin/Confidential Report (1955) 203
11 Lost in a Labyrinth: The Trial (1962) 225
12 To Adore the Impossible 243
13 In The Land of Don Quixote 257
What People are Saying About This
A valuable contribution to Welles studies - well researched, highly readable, and full of fresh insights.
A timely book that pushes past many debates dotting the beaten path of Orson Welles criticism to consider the representation of the city, both as a physical location and an imaginary social space, in his film oeuvre. It considers incomplete and overlooked as well as unproduced works that have survived in script form; the result is a historically grounded, globally conscious study that urges us to consider the importance of the built environment in Welles's mises-en-scène, as well as his abiding concern with the politics of modernization.
Well researched, informative, and enjoyable to readan original, thoughtful commentary on Welles and modernity.