George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three medias consisting of Broadway, radio and film- most notably Caesar (1937), The War of the Worlds (1938), and Citizen Kane (1941).
Audacity and genius his trademark, and with a third medium to conquer and transform, Welles didn't think small. With the Mercury players in tow, he enlisted veteran satirist and screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. Together they crafted a story ("Citizen Kane") that began with the death of an enigmatic protagonist, and explored his life through flashbacks told from multiple points of view.
Orson Welle's "Citizen Kane" is "The Beatles" of movies, not just because of its universal influence and acclaim, or because it really does live up to the historical hype, but because on top of its arty aspirations, what it really wants to do is entertain...you. Also, if you're watching it carefully, the movie's self-reflexiveness hides and reveals a devastating history of media. You've got CFK, accidental heir to a fortune based on "oil wells, gold mines, shipping, and real estate," who trades it all for a communications empire: newspapers, radio stations, paper mills, opera houses, and grocery stores, only to be pushed to the margins after a failed political run in favor of the next generation: magazines and movies, the trade of the newsreel producers who try to track down the labyrinthine origin of "Rosebud."
Best known for his airing of “War of the Worlds”, Orson Welles made numerous appearances on a variety of different shows during his magnificent radio career. He was truly a creative genius in radio, before he went on to Hollywood.
The legendary Orson Welles was a phenomenon in the radio and cinema worlds, but his individual genius and auteurism were inherently counter-establishment. While remaining a famous personality, he lived to see his creative clout slowly diminish, until he was known for doing American TV commercials. That he lives on in...truly magnificent radio works would seem to prove that “he who laughs last, laughs best”.
"Heart of Darkness" was meant to have been Orson Welles’s first film: a monumentally ambitious, technically innovative adaptation with which he hoped to shake up the industry.Hollywood took one look at it – and baulked. Written in the late Thirties, Welles’s 174-page reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella was considered too expensive, too challenging, and the theme of lust for power made the moguls uneasy, so [Orson Welles] abandoned the project and embarked on Plan B, a little film called "Citizen Kane".
Rejected by RKO’s sceptical president, George Schaefer, and bound up in rights issues with the Welles estate since his death, the Heart of Darkness script has never once been performed – until [ the 31st of March 2012]. A one-off production [was] staged by the Turner Prize nominated artist Fiona Banner and live-streamed around the world from the most apt setting imaginable: a riverboat installation modelled on the Roi des Belges, the vessel Conrad captained on his journey up the Congo in 1890. Scottish actor Brian Cox will play - as Welles intended - both Marlow, the narrator-protagonist, and Captain Kurtz, the despotic ivory trader he seeks
Orson Welles was born on May 6,1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. His parents were well to do and from the age of 6 he was considered to be a genius.
The fame he received from "War of the Worlds", at the age of 25, [gave Welles] a film contract at RKO Studio Pictures that included unprecedented artistic freedom. His first film was "Citizen Kane" which was reputed to be about the live of William Randolph Hearst. He used the best in Hollywood, from writer, Joseph Mankiewicz to the great cinematographer, Gregg Toland. "Citizen Kane" the was awarded nine Academy Award nominations and won for best screenplay and is considered to be the best film ever made.
Since [Orson Welles's] death (though this was true even before) there have been numerous personalized reinterpretations of Welles, often by people who knew him only for one portion of his tulmultuous life or who knew him only toward the beginning or only toward the end, but largely by people who never knew him at all. There's critic David Thomson's unpleasant versio of Orson in "Rosebud;" John Houseman's private Orson in his autobiographies (some published before Welles's passing); Simon Callow's cold Orson in the "The Road to Xanadue" and ...Tim Burton's sort of Orson as a character in the film, "Ed Wood," about the grade-Z director; the Orson of several short and long TV and film documentaries.
"God, how they'll love me when I'm dead," Welles said...once under his breath a couple of years before he died in 1985 at the young age of seventy, never having really grown "old," not inwardly anyway, nor in much of anything he expressed.To the end he had that precocious and witty aura of youth with which his earliest successes were forever associated: the radio, "War of the Worlds," program; the staged "voodoo" "Macbeth" and modern-day, "Caesar!"; and "Citizen Kane."