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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Orson Welles . . . . 
What was he: a genius who was . . . 
larger than life enfant terrible . . .
 overaged spoiled brat . . .
overweight spoiled brat . . .
or all of that 
. . . and maybe more?!
He certainly covered a lot of territory any way you look at  him!
     Maven came across a clip of Herb Alpert's Casino Royale which is great all by itself - but the notes attached are about Orson Welles and Peter Sellers, when they made the movie . . . together.  You should click on the link to understand the irony of their working "together" on the movie!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5aA83GfYc&feature=related
 

Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich
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In His Magic Act

Maven has pulled some links to videos on youtube.com that includes:
 

An interview that Orson Welles did with Jennifer Ward in 1983, just two years before his death:

http://tannensmagic.blogspot.com/2008/02/orson-welles-interview.html

 

I Love Lucy where Orson Welles levitates Lucille Ball:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUNc3ASCoeM&feature=related

 

Orson Welles Magic Trick: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Qiiy6jJtg&feature=related

 

Orson Welles’ Magic Show (1985 – with Angie Dickenson):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYCIEedoc4

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089744/fullcredits#cast

 

Orson Welles performs the Mummy’s Curse on The Muppets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F1TZALozjI&feature=related 

Orson Welles
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In "Return to Glennsacaul" (1951)

     About that picture at the top of the page . . . .  It's Orson Welles in a short film that he made in Ireland, Ghost of Glennascaul (1951) that Maven has enjoyed . . . . 

To help set the stage . . . the atmosphere . . . here is none other than Orson Welles with "a tale that is told in Dublin" . . . .

Orson Welles' Ghost Story

     Okay . . . so "enjoyed" isn't quite the word . . . watch it and judge for yourself . . . especially if it's on a dark and stormy night . . . and you're alone. . . .
 
      And . . . what . . . what's that noise . . . .
 
 
 

Orson Welles
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In His Mercury Theatre Days
     This is one of Maven's favorite stories about Orson Welles!  It includes fellow Mercury Theatre on the Air stars Ray Collins and Joseph Cotto(from Cotton's autobiography)!

Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and Ray Collins "at work"

Shirley Temple
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Click for the Official Shirley Temple Web Site

     Shirley Temple Black brought a new perspective to Orson Well's reputation in her autobiography, Child Star (McGraw-Hill Publishing company, 1988).   She wrote about a croquet match that was part of a publicity layout on pages 284 - 285:

Shirley Temple and Orson Welles

Orson Welles
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In "Citizen Kane" (1941)

Xanadu
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"Citizen Kane" (1942)
Xanadu
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For More About Citizen Kane's Fabled Home . . . Scroll Down
CITIZEN KANE (1941)
 
     Citizen Kane (1941) was Orson Welles' first movie and what a pip it was!  It not only launched Welles' movie career but those of Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, and Everett Sloane, as well.
     There has been so much information out there about the movie that Maven won't retread it . . . but she will give some background. . . . 

Hearst Castle, aka La Cuesta Encantada, San Simeon
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Click for a Panoramic Castle Tour, courtesy of www.hearstcastle.org

    As Citizen Kane (1941) was based on William Randolph Hearst,
so his Castle was the inspiration for Kane's Xanadu . . .
That name, Xanadu, always makes Maven think of the Olivia Newton-John singing the song from the 1980 movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERqL0fty50&feature=related)
. . . and vice versa!

     Xanadu, Charles Foster Kane's home that was said to be based on William Randolph Hearst's Castle, was inspired by the following poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Kubla Khan

OR, A VISION IN A DREAM.
A FRAGMENT.*

 

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding
sunny spots of greenery.

But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
A savage place ! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover !
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A
mighty fountain momently was forced :
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail :
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean :
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war !

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.

It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice !

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw :
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,

That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

 

*http://etext.virginia.edu/stc/Coleridge/poems/Kubla_Khan.html.  This link is no longer available. 

Orson Welles
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In "Citizen Kane" (1941)

     There are those, including Maven, who wonder if the look for the older - MUCH older! - Charles Foster Kane may have been inspired by Peter Lorre's Doctor Gogol from Mad Love (1935).  Interesting idea, isn't it?!

Peter Lorre
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As Dr. Gogol in "Mad Love"

Peter Lorre
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"Mad Love" (1935)