Orson Welles, Volume 2: Hello Americans
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The reason for the decline of Orson Welles' career is a hotly debated issue. When Citizen Kane, his first film, opened in 1941, Welles was universally acclaimed as the audacious filmmaker alive. In 1947, Welles left America for Europe and lived for the best part of twenty years i... read full description below.
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The reason for the decline of Orson Welles' career is a hotly debated issue, but decline it certainly did. When Citizen Kane, his first film, opened in 1941, Welles was universally acclaimed as the most audacious filmmaker alive. But instead of marking the beginning of a triumphant career in Hollywood, the film still regularly voted the greatest ever made proved to be an exception in Welles' life and work. In 1947, Welles left America for Europe and lived for the best part of twenty years in self-imposed exile. Welles himself famously quipped 'I started at the top and worked my way down' - the second volume of Simon Callow's compelling biography tells the story of that complex and protracted descent from grace.
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||It is not only the best biography of Welles that we can possibly have, it is also one of the best biographies in any field I've read in years. <br>- Roger Lewis, Sunday Express <br> A vivid, sympathetic account . . . provides a definitive explanation of Welles's ultimate, lingering downfall. <br>- Financial Times
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. Callow's books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, and Love Is Where It Falls, an account of his friendship with Peggy Ramsay.