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The Resource Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles, David Thomson

Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles, David Thomson

Label
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles
Title
Rosebud
Title remainder
the story of Orson Welles
Statement of responsibility
David Thomson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • David Thomson has brought a lifetime's fascination with Orson Welles and his work to this dazzling biography. Rosebud is written as a story, one that summons up the man and the artist and does justice to the genius and the fraud; the man of the world and the solitary; the spoiled kid and the sage; the infant prodigy; the chronic fabricator of his own legend; the boy who flirted with homosexuals; the ladies' man; the youth who took Broadway and radio by storm, and rocked the nation in 1938 with an airwaves fantasy of invasion; the begetter of the incomparable Citizen Kane
  • And here, also, is the man who famously "failed," the man who made The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, The Trial and Chimes at Midnight. But to Thomson, those allegedly lesser films are the furnishings of another kind of masterpiece, as large and melancholy as Kane's Xanadu. Here Welles reveals himself as at once a monster of self-destruction and a triumph of self-invention
  • Thomson's view of Welles's "fall" is vital to his grasp of a profoundly complex character. We see Welles as a genius haunted by boredom and by the inability to believe in anything, as a victim of indiscipline and the helpless pleasures of talk. He is a man who attracts people, spurns them and then finds them guilty of betrayal. And so people like John Houseman, Herman Mankiewicz and Rita Hayworth, along with so many others, come and go, astonished. Rosebud traces a career of endless striving and continuous drama. At the same time, it is a book of astute film commentary that helps us appreciate Kane anew as the masterpiece of what is too often a shallow medium. It is written with an insight, a daring and a flair worthy of its remarkable protagonist
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomson, David
Dewey number
  • 791.43/0233/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1998.3.W45
LC item number
T56 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Welles, Orson
  • Welles, Orson
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Actors
  • Actors
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Producers and directors
  • Actors and actresses
  • United States
Label
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles, David Thomson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 434-440) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kenosha kid, 1915-39 -- Carte blanche, 1939-42 -- Comeuppance, 1942-58 -- Xanadu, 1958-85
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9780679418344
Lccn
95044216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33282116
  • (OCoLC)ocm33282116
Label
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles, David Thomson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 434-440) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Kenosha kid, 1915-39 -- Carte blanche, 1939-42 -- Comeuppance, 1942-58 -- Xanadu, 1958-85
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
463 pages
Isbn
9780679418344
Lccn
95044216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33282116
  • (OCoLC)ocm33282116
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