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Very Good Companion Piece To The Battle Over Citizen Kane,
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This review is from: American Experience: War of the Worlds (DVD)
This is the story of one of the most famous radio broadcasts in history, perhaps the most famous. It is an essential look at a crucial period in Orson Welles' life, the time between his theatrical accomplishments and his later departure for Hollywood. The 1938 broadcast of the play and subsequent controversy would make Welles an overnight celebrity. The film makes for a very good companion piece to the 1996 documentary called The Battle Over Citizen Kane.
The film is well done. I especially appreciated all the old film footage and still photographs. However, I did not much care for the actors who read letters written at the time, though they all did a fine job. In my view, simple voice-overs would have been equally effective, if not more so. Despite that, the film offers a great deal of information regarding a signal event in broadcast history. It is also an important part of the story of the man who would go on to create one of the most influential movies of all time, Citizen Kane.