This work charts the life of a man who stilled the world with his performance in "Citizen Kane" in 1941. Orson Welles seemed to possess inhuman energy and a phenomenal voice but in the final rootless years when he yielded to obesity, this cinematic genius became a tragic figure.
This work charts the life of a man who stilled the world with his performance in "Citizen Kane" in 1941. It traces the rise and fall of one of Hollywood's greatest innovators - raconteur nonpareil, gifted with invention and awsome talent whose early success bored him and triggered the long decline into excess and self-destruction. This biography probes, with fresh insights, the essential questions surrounding Welles, realizing the ferocious energy and demonic intellect behind the boy genius. Despite his production of dazzling Broadway theatre and radio drama, and his performance - perhaps the best in his career - as Harry Lime in "The Third Man", he lived in a strange twilight world where he felt rejected and hopelessly unfulfilled. The work ends with the final rootless years, when he yielded to obesity and the genius Welles became a tragic figure.
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David Thomson is London-born but has lived and worked in California for over twenty years. He writes and reviews films regularly for major press publications.
Rosebud: Story of Orson Welles by David Thomson
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