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Orson Welles Remembered: Interviews With His Actors, Editors, Cinematographers And Magicians

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The new generation of Orson Welles scholars is led by Peter Prescott Tonguette. His impressive, indefatigable, and wide-ranging scholarship turns up a wealth of fresh insights and information into Welles's always-astonishing career. In this captivating book of oral history, Tonguette shows engaging modesty in letting his interviewees take center stage while expertly guiding their recollections into areas of Welles research that most urgently need exploration, including unfinished films and projects, theatrical adventures and misadventures, and the filmmaker's lifelong avocation as a magician. Orson Welles Remembered is a treasure-house for anyone interested in Welles and a fertile resource for future scholarship on the life and work of this great and multifaceted artist. --Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career (2006), Orson Welles (1972/1996) and Orson Welles: Actor and Director (1977)

Peter Prescott Tonguette is the most vigorous and painstaking of the younger Welles scholars, and his Orson Welles Remembered is invaluable for its information, especially about such late, unfinished projects as The Dreamers and The Magic Show. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, author of Discovering Orson Welles

Peter Tonguette's lively gathering of recent interviews with Welles associates will be welcomed by fans and scholars alike. The Editor's enthusiasm is evident on every page, from his clarifying annotations to his shared reveries. Tonguette elicits fond memories (and some new revelations) from over two dozen figures who worked with Welles in theatre, radio, film, and television; special attention is devoted to the later decades of Welles' career. Orson Welles Remembered modestly yet rewardingly complements the earlier volumes of interviews with Welles himself by Bogdanovich and Estrin. It thereby manages to fill a gap of which we were not previously aware--a credit to the ingenuity of the project. --Scott Newstok, Department of English, Rhodes College.

About the Author

Peter Prescott Tonguette was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1983. His writing on Orson Welles has appeared in numerous publications throughout the world. This is his first book.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (March 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786427604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786427604
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,534,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martin Grams, Jr. on July 1, 2007
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I have always been a fan of Orson Welles on radio and television. Having collected a ton of radio broadcasts on CD and audio cassette and having watched most of his movies, I appreciate the genius of his work. I picked up a copy of this book recently and am amazed at the amount of research put into it. An aspect of Welles rarely discussed is his magic career. At the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention this September in Aberdeen, Maryland, I plan to attend the presentation about Orson Welles and his magic career so I can watch rare footage and films with Welles, and get an even deeper insight to his trickery. Book comes recommended.
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I have fifty or sixty books by or about Welles, a big collection of his films, and have written my own book about him, THE WELLES REQUIEM, as yet unpublished, and now happily confess to revising what I thought I knew about him, especially about his hands-on mode of filmmaking. For me the most important part of this truly stimulating, wonderful book are the parts about Welles in the cutting room. He himself personally did not cut film! He hired people to do that and told them what he wanted and then came back a day or a week later. Most revealing is the cutter for CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT who tells how Welles did not direct the battle scenes and did not do the cutting or assemblage. I won't reveal the "secrets" about that but they alone made this book worthwhile. Aside from that, this is truly personal about Orson and he is here talking with you straight into your face and gripping your shoulder and feeding you Chinese take-out. Any lover of Welles, no matter how deeply versed in his life-story, can not help but be lifted to the Wellesian heavens by this one-on-one face-to-face meeting with Orson Welles. Congratulations to young author/editor Peter Prescott Tonquette!
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From his breakout first film, Citizen Kane, through the remainder of his tumultuous career, this book captures the experiences of Orson Welles's collaborators in dealing with the sometimes frustrating but at all times fascinating aspects of his storytelling genius (including mine! See chapter 11).

Although it never directly answers the age old question of "what happened to this wunderkid of Hollywood that he could never fulfill the promise of his first film", it does offer all the insights you would expect from the people that worked closest to him. And as the pieces become woven together, a portrait emerges of a man so complicated and driven, yet warm and endearing, so haunted and persecuted, yet unwavering and perservering, that you long for such an artist to re-emerge in Hollywood that would dare to swim against the tide of the modern "blockbuster" status quo and return filmmaking to the status of art that it, too, had once promised to be.
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Anyone who cares about film and the great movie-makers will be grateful for this book and want to keep it within easy reach. It is informative, funny, touching - a treasurable product of committed research.
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A series of interviews arranged chronologically, from the Mercury theater to Welles' last day, on the Merv Griffin show. Most notable is the case that one quarter of the material here covers Welles as a magician, being remembered by fellow magicians, a facet of OW which is generally neglected. There is almost as much on _The Other Side of the Wind_. Also of note is that many here, who are great admirers of Welles, speak of his difficulty with completing his numerous projects, for various reasons. So, this is not a point which is made only by his detractors.
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