Monday, August 03, 2009

Orson Welles Odds and Ends at UbuWeb

I just fell across a great site with various and sundry bits of Orson Welles tidbits; Welles's Touch of Evil (1958) is the focus of the centerpiece chapter of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America.

Orson Welles - The One Man Band (1995)
original source UBUWEB
ORSON WELLES: THE ONE-MAN BAND is a fascinating glimpse at this extraordinary man's final years - made with the cooperation of Oja Kodar, Welles' longtime companion, to whom he bequeathed a wealth of unedited films and fragments when he died in 1985. Granted exclusive access to Welles' heretofore unseen archives - and drawing from almost two tons of film cans containing fragments, shorts, project ideas, and sketches - the filmmakers are led by Kodar through the rich but unfulfilled Welles legacy. Far from being the gloomy megalomaniac that Hollywood has sometimes branded him, Welles emerges here a protean creator, at times vulnerable and lonely, but always unshakeably optimistic and unfailingly innovative.

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