Orson Welles: Hello Americans

Orson Welles: Hello Americans

by Simon Callow


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Orson Welles: Hello Americans by Simon Callow

This second volume of Simon Callow's highly acclaimed biography of Orson Welles examines the years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth, in which Welles's Hollywood film career unraveled. In close and colorful detail, Callow offers a scrupulous analysis of the factors involved, revealing-the immense and sometimes self-defeating complexities of Welles's temperament as well as some of the monstrous personalities with whom be had to contend. The book also gives full weight to the almost bewildering range of Welles's activities beyond Hollywood, including his serious but doomed efforts as a radio comedian and a stage magician, his attempts to revive spectacular theater single-handedly, and his political activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780224038539
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.69(d)

About the Author

Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on stage and in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor; Shooting the Actor, and an acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton.

Table of Contents

Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Tarzan Triumphs
Orson Ascendant     3
Pampered Youth     18
The Best Man in Hollywood     43
Carnival     57
Only Orson and God     78
Pomona     86
Turning a Bad Koerner     104
Four Men on a Raft     113
Look Who's Laughing     130
Plain Talk by the Man from Mars
Ceiling Unlimited     155
It All Comes Out of the Tent of Wonder     180
Unrehearsed Realities     201
Actor Turns Columnist     222
An Occasional Soapbox     252
The S. T. Ranger     265
Full, Complete and Unrestricted Authority     280
Wellesafloppin'     303
Officer X     323
If I Die Before I Wake     347
The Forces of Darkness     382
The Welles of Onlyness     402
The Charm's Wound Up     414
The Stage Productions     445
The Radio Broadcasts     447
The Films     457
The Writings     461
The Records     463
References     465
Bibliography     491
Acknowledgements     495
Index     499

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