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THIS IS ORSON WELLES Audio

Drunken Welles is good Welles:

This here’s a group of autobiographical interviews Welles laid down sometime in the ’70s, issued as a companion to the Peter Bogdanovich book of the same name.

Narrated by Bogdanovich, who identifies the tapes as from 1968-70. Download at the link.

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Orson Welles on Privacy, the Passport and Personal Rights

A transcript taken from one of Welles’ Sketchbook shows for the BBC. 1955’s passport gestapo seems like a cakewalk compared to 2010’s passport gestapo, yet the more things change…

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The Return of Ramon Raquello and His Orchestra

Inspired by Jason Kottke’s Apollo 11 broadcast, the team behind Me and Orson Welles is presenting a broadcast of the Mercury Theater’s infamous War of the Worlds, 71 years to-the-minute from it’s first airing in 1938.

The impatient can find the audio on Archive.org.

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In which, among other lovely items, you’ll find what I’m currently reading: Hello Americans by Simon Callow.

This is the second volume of Callow’s biography on film legend Orson Welles (the first being 1997’s The Road To Xanadu) and it is every bit as worthy a portrait of Welles as it’s predecessor. It covers Welles’s life post-Kane, including the hatchet-job that RKO unleashed on The Magnificent Ambersons. It’s tone is one of someone who neither demonizes or worships Welles, but seeks to find the truths of his life.

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