Let us not see it all
The Mercury Theatre on the Air [Real Player]
The Magnificent Ambersons [Windows Media Player]
Interview with Orson Welles by Peter Bogdanovich [pdf]
Making Magic with Orson Welles: A Conversation with Mike Caveney
Internet Archive: Orson Welles [Real Player, Macromedia Flash Player, Quick Time]
When he passed away on October 10th, 1985, young people who knew Orson Welles (if they knew him it all) may have remembered him for his promotional efforts on behalf of a certain wine or for his all-too brief appearance as director Lew Lord in "The Muppet Movie". The back story of Welles" life included a rich mix of film, television, documentaries, stage production, and one of the most enigmatic personalities that ever wandered from New York to Hollywood to Europe and back. While Welles never really left the sights of those with a keen interest in cinema, a number of new projects have recently been completed that cast a critical and introspective gaze upon his life and artistic endeavors. This past week, the American Film Institute premiered a new documentary about Welles titled "Searching for Orson" and Simon Callow recently released the latest installation of his three volume work on Welles. Perhaps these reconsiderations of Welles" work will undo the very concise remark he once offered on his own struggle with fame, acceptance, and recognition: "I started at the top and worked my way down.ï¿½
The first link will take users to an article from the Hollywood Reporter discussing the recent biographies and the documentary about Orson Welles. The second link will take users to an article from The Guardian discussing the abundance of movie festivals and how they may be diminishing the romance of the hard to find movie. The third link leads to the website of "The finest radio drama of the 1930's, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman.ï¿½ The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. The site contains many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them. The fourth link leads to a site dedicated to Welles" "Magnificent Ambersons" which provides insights in the making, filming and editing of the movie and its effects on Welles" later career. The fifth link leads to an interesting interview of Welles by Peter Bogdanovich. The sixth link leads to another interview with Jim Steinmeyer, a close friend of Welles. The last link takes users to the Internet Archive which contains many of Welles" radio broadcasts.