Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios
Despite the System Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios Author:Clinton Heylin Revealing the facts rather than the myths behind Orson Welles' Hollywood career, this groundbreaking history analyzes the career of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles' films never matched his youthful masterpiece Citizen Kane, this investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith... more » in his audience, and the brilliance of his films?before they were butchered by the studios. Based on shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos, interviews, articles, lectures, and personal correspondence, this work creates a concrete picture of his professional and artistic struggles and successes. This heartbreaking tale brings to life the intelligent, perceptive, and passionate man who, for all his failings as a person, was utterly uncompromising in his art.« less
I find it hard to read biographies, but I wanted to know more about Orson Welles - why he was so unsuccessful in Hollywood after his stunning debut with Citizen Kane. This book explains it in great detail, with much background info, and without, I think, sentimentalism. An excellent study of a brilliant artist's journey.