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Orson Welles on Shakespeare

The W. P. A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

Orson Welles on Shakespeare( )
Author: Welles, Orson
France, Richard
Series title:Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies
ISBN:978-0-313-27334-6
Publication Date:Jan 1990
Publisher:ABC-CLIO, LLC
Imprint:Greenwood
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $126.95
Book Description:

This fascinating work will prove valuable for collections in film, theater history, and Shakespearean production. . . . The book includes fascinating production photos and helpful notes in which the original acts and scenes are identified, thus showing the extent to which Welles rearranged Shakespeare by shuffling acts and scenes, dropping characters, and by merging related narratives. . . . Recommended for all libraries. Choice

This volume contains the fully annotated...
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Book Details
Pages:312
Detailed Subjects: Performing Arts / Theater / History & Criticism
Performing Arts / Individual Director
Drama / Shakespeare
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):16.154 x 22.885 x 3.2 cm
Book Weight:0.682 Kilograms
Author Biography
Welles, Orson (Author)
Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 6, 1915. He was as an actor, writer, director, and producer on radio, film, and television. He began his career on stage, directing and acting in plays under the Federal Theatre Project and then with his company Mercury Theatre. From 1938 to 1940, he wrote, directed, and acted in the Mercury Theatre of the Air, and as part of its programming, he broadcast H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.

He co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the movie Citizen Kane. He was also the director of the movies The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai, Touch of Evil, and Chimes at Midnight. In addition to playing major roles in some of these films, he also starred in The Third Man and appeared in Someone to Love. He received a Special Oscar in April 1971 for "superlative artistry and versatility" and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1975. He died on October 10, 1985 at the age of 70.

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