A recognized prodigy at age 10, world famous by age 23, Orson Welles was a triple magician of theater, radio, and filmand by age 25 a promising figure in American politics. President Franklin D. Roosevelt encouraged him to try a run for the Senate; newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst branded him a pariah. But by the time he turned 30, Orson Welles’ professional success ended irreversibly; from then until the day he died, he endured ridicule and reproach over what many judged his “failure.” Few knew how feverishly he had persisted as an independent filmmaker. Now, decades after his death, “new” work keeps emerging, and his reputation as an undefeated genius and creator only grows.
Movie Icons is a series of photo books that feature the most famous personalities in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstakingly selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.
About the Author
Paul Duncan edits film books for TASCHEN and wrote Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in TASCHEN’s Film series. He has also written extensively on film and noir fiction, as well as editing books on film, mystery fiction and comic books for various publishers.
F. X. Feeney is a screenwriter and critic based in Los Angeles. His film credits include The Big Brass Ring, based on a story by Orson Welles, and Frankenstein Unbound, directed by Roger Corman, whilst his reviews have appeared in L.A. Weekly and other publications. F.X. also wrote TASCHEN’s Michael Mann and Polanski
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A simple and interesting mini book about him and his films. Fun book to have if you are a fan.