My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

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Henry Holt and Company, 16 июл. 2013 г. - Всего страниц: 320

Based on long-lost recordings between Orson Welles and Henry Jaglom, My Lunches with Orson presents a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America's great cultural provocateur.

There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died. The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, did indeed exist, and this book reveals for the first time what they contain.

Here is Welles as he has never been seen before: talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his astonishing Hollywood career, the people he knew—FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and more—and the many disappointments of his last years. This is the great director unplugged, free to be irreverent and worse—sexist, homophobic, racist, or none of the above— because he was nothing if not a fabulator and provocateur. Ranging from politics to literature to movies to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films he was still eager to launch, Welles is at once cynical and romantic, sentimental and raunchy, but never boring and always wickedly funny.

Edited by Peter Biskind, America's foremost film historian, My Lunches with Orson reveals one of the giants of the twentieth century, a man struggling with reversals, bitter and angry, desperate for one last triumph, but crackling with wit and a restless intelligence. This is as close as we will get to the real Welles—if such a creature ever existed.



How Henry Met Orson by Peter Biskind
A Note on the Text
The Cannes people are my slaves
De Mille invented the fascist salute
Comics are frightening people
AveZvous scurf?
Art Buchwald drove it up Ronnies ass and broke it off
PART Two 19841985
Charles Laughton couldnt bear the fact he was
Gary Cooper turns me right into a girl
Jack its Orson fucking Welles
Once in our lives we had a national theater
J o Cotten kicked Hedda Hopper in the ass
You either admire my work or not
Pool the old fellow with the scythe

It was my one moment of being a trafficstopping superstar
God save me from my friends

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Peter Biskind edited the bestselling My Lunches with Orson, a collection of conversations with Orson Welles, and is author of numerous bestsellers, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures, as well as his seminal work on films of the fifties, Seeing is Believing. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He lives in upstate New York.

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