Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu

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9780001050532: Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu

This is the story of Orson Welles, located in its historical and social setting. The book penetrates the smokescreen of the legend Welles threw up around himself, to reveal a life that is even more extraordinary in fact.

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Now in paperback, Callow's vastly entertaining chronicle of Welles's first 26 years seems even finer than it did in 1995. The author's ability to skewer his subject's evasions and lies while retaining critical affection for him is perhaps explained by the fact that Callow, an actor himself, understands the need to mythologize. Welles's innovative theatrical work in the 1930s has never been better described or analyzed. Even such oft-told sagas as the War of the Worlds broadcast and the filming of Citizen Kane gain new dimension from Callow's intelligent treatment.

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Simon Callow is an actor, director, and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. His other books include Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, Shooting the Actor, and Being an Actor.

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