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Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles
Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles by David Thomson 0679772839 9780679772835
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Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles by David Thomson

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Easily the best book on Orson Welles.--The New Yorker Orson Welles arrived in Hollywood as a boy genius, became a legend with a single perfect film, and then spent the next forty years floundering. But Welles floundered so variously, ingeniously, and extravagantly that he turned failure into a sustaining tragedy--his thing, his song.Now the prodigal genius of the American cinema finally has the biographer he deserves. For, as anyone who has read his novels and criticism knows, David Thomson is one of our most perceptive and splendidly opinionated writers on film. In Rosebud, Thomson follows the wild arc of Welless career, from The War of the Worlds broadcast to the triumph of Citizen Kane, the mixed triumph of The Magnificent Ambersons, and the strange and troubling movies that followed. Here, too, is the unfolding of the Welles persona--the grand gestures, the womanizing, the high living, the betrayals. Thomson captures it all with a critical acumen and stylistic dash that make this book not so much a study of Welless life and work as a glorious companion piece to them. Insightful, controversial, and highly readable--Rosebud is biography at its best.--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Author: David Thomson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 480

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1997-09-30

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