Citizen Kane is often considered the greatest masterpiece of the cinema, hailed for its groundbreaking story, dramatic technique, and filmmaking innovations. The film should have launched its director, Orson Welles, to superstar heights. Instead, this singular filmmaker spent his career facing constant financial and organizational struggles. Yet despite these obstacles, Welles managed to produce two other cinematic masterpieces, The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil, and deliver some of the silver screen's most memorable performances.
The first of its kind, The Encyclopedia of Orson Welles offers in-depth information on this innovative filmmaker who is today considered one of cinema's greatest figures. More than 300 entries cover all aspects of Welles's life and career, including:
- His early days as a radio performer with "Mercury Theater on the Air"
- His rise and prolonged decline in Hollywood
- All of his film projects—even those never realized
- Major performers in his films
- Key crew members
- Sources of inspiration
- Music and composers for his films
- Television, stage, and radio appearances
- and much more.
An index and bibliography provide sources for further reading and research.
|From the Series||Great Filmmakers|
|Author||Chuck Berg and Tom Erskine|
|Specifications||More than 65 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references.|