If you want a happy ending,that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. –Orson Welles
Orson Welles was a man before his time. An innovator. A complicated man with tremendous talents and appetites. He chewed up the stage, the movies, and radio. Whatever your opinion of Mr. Welles, as an artist or a man, he changed all three forever. Director Richard Linklater credits Welles as a forerunner of the Indie film movement. He spent most of his life fighting the studios. He had to scuffle to find backers to continue work on his own projects. Welles would have welcomed the current era of crowdfunding and his own story might have had a different ending.
Orson Welles 100th birthday is on May 6. Two new books and a documentary will be released in May:
- Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz
- Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of the Other Side of the Wind by Josh Karp
- Magician:The Astounding Life and Work of Orson Welles: a documentary by Chuck Workman on DVD & Bluray arrives on May 26.
- Richard Linklater directed the 2008 film Me and Orson Welles