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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 02, 2015

For the one-year anniversary of Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou goes meta and talks about how to structure a video essay, using South Park and Orson Welles’ F for Fake.

Happy anniversary EFAP!

We Work Remotely

New Orson Welles film?

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 26, 2011

The Observer reports that an unfinished film shot by Orson Welles in 1972 will be completed and shown to the public.

The Other Side of the Wind portrays the last hours of an ageing film director. Welles is said to have told John Huston, who plays the lead role: “It’s about a bastard director… full of himself, who catches people and creates and destroys them. It’s about us, John.”

(via df)

Orson Welles doesn’t like Rosebud

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 11, 2009

I’m ashamed of Rosebud. I think it’s a rather tawdry device. It’s the thing I like least in Kane. It’s kind of a dollar book Freudian gag. It doesn’t stand up very well.

Even calmly answering interview questions and sipping on tea from fine china, Welles is an imposing presence. (via clusterflock)

Update: Here’s the first part of the full 50-minute CBC interview from which the snippet above was pulled. Part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six. (thx, blake)

Live re-broadcast of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 28, 2009

Inspired by my Apollo 11 broadcast, the folks behind Me and Orson Welles (dir. by Richard Linklater) have arranged for a “live” broadcast of Welles’ War of the Worlds 71 years after it originally aired. The broadcast begins on Oct 30 at 8pm EST. (thx, jake)