I’ve been away all week because I just didn’t know what to say. My wish : to write a song about everything that’s gone down. It was going to be an incredibly beautiful song that would just floor everyone, an instant classic! Yeap. Guess what? I couldn’t fucking write it. Maybe too much is going on inside my crazy head, can’t seem to slow down and concentrate and get it all down on paper. Maybe I need a little INSPI RA TION to get me going. HA!
Happy Birthday Orson Welles ! (no no, not me, the real Orson):
Although I gained great respect towards Orson when I first saw Citizen Kane, he was never able to make movies as freely as he did when he made Kane, or as good ( that can be argued) . What he made afterwards was really great, even though mostly butchered by movie exects, he spent most of his life husting for money to fund his movie projects ( “It’s about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It’s no way to spend a life” )
The followup movie to Citizen Kane was The Magnificent Ambersons. Though not starring in it, Orson narrated it, and directed many of his Kane actors in this Booth Tarkington adaption. Here is the opening sequence:
It’s a great film. I don’t know why it hasn’t been restored and released on DVD or Blu Ray yet, fucking shame really. I have a worn-out VHS copy. This is the film Orson said was BETTER than Kane, if only it were not edited and changed while Orson was out of town, and were a new ending not shot and the edited portions of film not destroyed, leaving the rest of the world never to know what this movie really was like when it was finished, it would have surpassed Kane’s greatness. A fractured masterpiece.
Another film Orson made: The Lady From Shanghai: Starring Rita Rayworth, soulty bombshell of the 40’s, also Orson’s wife at the time. She dances a hell of a “clothed strip tease” in Gilda :
*Back to The Lady From Shanghai*:
You really should see this movie. GREAT movie. The story is great, the acting is great, the music is great, also great, the ending: One of the greatest endings to a movie ever, ahead of its time, never done before, here is it, the funhouse mirrors ending where all the main characters meet and shoot at each other with GUNS!:
Wasn’t that such great FUN! They don’t make movies like they used to. Happy 97th birthday Orson, hope you’re enjoying the Spanish sun while the rest of us are freezing our balls off here in Canada. Don’t forget to make a wish! (don’t tell anyone what is it or it won’t come true!)
-This is Orson Welles