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
|In His Magic Act
Maven has pulled some links to videos on youtube.com
|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 . . . .
|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"
|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
Shirley Temple and Orson Welles
|In "Citizen Kane" (1941)
|"Citizen Kane" (1942)
|For More About Citizen Kane's Fabled Home . . . Scroll Down
CITIZEN KANE (1941)
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
|Click for a Panoramic Castle Tour, courtesy of www.hearstcastle.org
Kane (1941) was based on William Randolph Hearst,
so his Castle was the inspiration
for Kane's Xanadu . . .
. . . 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
A VISION IN A DREAM.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
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
walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing
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,
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
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
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,
drunk the milk of Paradise.
*http://etext.virginia.edu/stc/Coleridge/poems/Kubla_Khan.html. This link is no longer available.
|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?!
|As Dr. Gogol in "Mad Love"