This Is Orson Welles


52m 2015

Brief Synopsis

An undeniable pioneer in both radio and film, actor-director Orson Welles used his bonafide genius to change the face of both mediums with imagination, ambition and technically daring. Having started off as a performer on stage, most notably with John Houseman, with whom he formed the famed Mercury Theater, Welles used his distinctive baritone voice to create innovative radio dramas. He became famous following his 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," which he presented as a real time news event, sparking panic among listeners who thought Martians really were invading New Jersey. The fame he achieved in the wake of the broadcast attracted RKO Pictures, where he made the most stunning directorial debut in the history of cinema with "Citizen Kane" (1941), long considered to be the greatest film ever made. Here, we discover the man behind the myth in a rare interview with Orson Welles and the exclusive memories from his friends and admirers.

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Release Date
2015

Technical Specs

Duration
52m

Synopsis

An undeniable pioneer in both radio and film, actor-director Orson Welles used his bonafide genius to change the face of both mediums with imagination, ambition and technically daring. Having started off as a performer on stage, most notably with John Houseman, with whom he formed the famed Mercury Theater, Welles used his distinctive baritone voice to create innovative radio dramas. He became famous following his 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," which he presented as a real time news event, sparking panic among listeners who thought Martians really were invading New Jersey. The fame he achieved in the wake of the broadcast attracted RKO Pictures, where he made the most stunning directorial debut in the history of cinema with "Citizen Kane" (1941), long considered to be the greatest film ever made. Here, we discover the man behind the myth in a rare interview with Orson Welles and the exclusive memories from his friends and admirers.

Film Details

Release Date
2015

Technical Specs

Duration
52m

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