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Honeymoon’s over: Back to life, back to reality (now you’ll have that song stuck in your head all day) ***random bitching*** Happy would-have-been 97th Birthday Orson!

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

2 responses to “Honeymoon’s over: Back to life, back to reality (now you’ll have that song stuck in your head all day) ***random bitching*** Happy would-have-been 97th Birthday Orson!

  1. I am jealous of your extensive knowledge of old Hollywood movies. As spent time with u, I know for a fact that you dont just wikipedia everything and pretend that you know it all. This guy can actually remember dates, directors, actors like there is not tomorrow.
    Thanks for suggesting that movie.
    I will see it shortly.

  2. Movies, when made right, can be the greatest art form. Like a lot of things in life, the great movies come from complete accidents ( take Casablanca, you can read up on it and you’ll know what I’m talking about). I know about them because I love them, they excite, they make you think, they make you dream, they make you smile and they take you into a world of make-believe, and make you want to create one of your own. I believe people who make movies make them because they want to make the world a more interesting place to live in.

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