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Orson Welles:

The Wunder Kid

Brad Partington

There hasn’t been much man like Orson Welles. He was a boy who traveled the world at a young age and became a star of theatre in London at the age of 15. He shocked America with his War of the Worlds broadcast on radio, as well as delivering one of the greatest films thought by many of all time. Orson Welles was a man of vision and passion. He strived to make films he believed in, even though some of his films had been cut and reedited by studios, much to the disliking of Orson Welles. For a man who only made 13 films, he crafted some of Hollywood’s best. These gems included such greats as Touch of Evil, Journey into Fear, and the all-time great Citizen Kane. Dripping in detail and a true treat to watch, Citizen Kane was Orson Welles first film in Hollywood, a film that would set the tone for generations to come and inspire directors everywhere. Not only was he a great actor, Welles had the ability to get inspiring performances from the actors he worked with. His directing was imaginative and defied the natural form of storytelling and presenting new ways stories can be told. His unique use of cameras and editing established his greatness behind the camera. Orson Welles unique talent behind and in front of the camera propelled his successful career. Exploring some of his work specifically Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and Chimes at Midnight,

Citizen Kane is regarded as the best film of all time. Just recently it was overtaken by another great director’s work Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. For years and years it was voted by peers, critics, and fans as the greatest film of all time. The film which was the first of Orson’s 3 picture deal from RKO studios. A deal that included final say in casting, final script approval as well as final cut. These stipulations were unheard of in Hollywood back then, and were especially even more rare for a man who hadn’t even made a feature film before. Orson...
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