History Creator / OrsonWelles

4th Jun '18 1:51:05 PM TheSaddleman
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* UnreliableNarrator: Welles was notorious for making up tall tales about his own life and background. Even the book This Is Orson Welles, a compilation of interviews between him and Peter Bogdanovich, had interludes and exchanges that were inserted by Welles for dramatic effect.

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Welles was notorious for making up tall tales about his own life and background. Even the book This Is Orson Welles, a compilation of interviews between him and Peter Bogdanovich, had interludes and exchanges that were inserted by Welles for dramatic effect.effect.
** Welles plays with this trope in his film ''Film/FForFake''.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** This trope could be used to describe the majority of Welles' post-Citizen Kane career. By the time of his death, as detailed in the documentary ''One-Man Band'', he had left behind literally dozens of fragmented and incomplete projects, including several nearly finished full-length films (the most notable being ''Film/TheOtherSideOfTheWind''), and TV pilots. Many of these were independent projects, self-financed and paid for through Welles taking acting jobs and commercial contracts.
** According to Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/GeorgeLucas' first choice for the voice of Darth Vader was Orson Welles, but it was decided Welles' voice was too well known.
11th May '18 1:51:50 AM SymBionicFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' (1986) (voice of Unicron)
7th May '18 1:59:08 PM snichols1973
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* ''Theatre/KingLear'' (1953) -- televised adaptation directed by Andrew [=McCullough=] and the script adapted by Peter Brook with Orson Welles in the titular lead role; abridged and condensed version minus the characters of Edmund and Edgar, with Oswald's part expanded to take Edmund's place, and Poor Tom O'Bedlam is an actual madman instead of Edgar in disguise.


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* ''Voyage of the Damned'' (1976) (cameo), based on the 1974 book about Jewish refugees fleeing from Germany in 1939, with Cuba and the United States refusing entry to the emigrants, with Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the U.K. agreeing to take a number of them as refugees, just before the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldwarII in Europe
22nd Apr '18 10:34:08 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' (1979)

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* ''Film/{{Waterloo}}'' (1970) (cameo)
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' (1979)(1979) (cameo)
16th Apr '18 3:15:24 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' (1981) -- narration
4th Apr '18 1:22:07 AM jamespolk
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* ''Too Much Johnson'' (1938) - Based on an 1893 comedic play by William Gillette and shot as a SilentMovie seemingly from 20 years earlier (complete with straw hats, suffragettes, and orthochromatic makeup although [[HitlerCam the director's influence]] was still clear), Welles intended it to be shown in between the acts of a live performance of the play to expand on the action; unfortunately, he found out too late that the theater it was meant to be shown in couldn't accommodate a movie screen, so it was never exhibited as intended. It was thought to have become a LostEpisode when Welles's personal copy burnt up in a fire in 1970, but a work print turned up in Italy in 2009. It was first aired publicly in 2013, was shown on Creator/TurnerClassicMovies in May 2015, and can be seen online [[http://www.filmpreservation.org/preserved-films/screening-room/too-much-johnson-work-print here]].

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* ''Too Much Johnson'' (1938) - Based on an 1893 comedic play by William Gillette and shot as a Live-action SilentMovie seemingly from 20 years earlier (complete with straw hats, suffragettes, and orthochromatic makeup although [[HitlerCam the director's influence]] was still clear), Welles intended it footage filmed to be shown in between the acts accompany Welles's Mercury Theatre production of a live performance William Gillette's 1984 play of the play to expand on the action; unfortunately, he found out too late same name. Not shown when it was discovered that the theater it was meant to be shown in staging the play couldn't accommodate a movie screen, so it was never exhibited as intended.film projection. It was thought to have become a LostEpisode when Welles's personal copy burnt up in a fire in 1970, but a work print turned up in Italy in 2009. It was first aired publicly in 2013, was shown on Creator/TurnerClassicMovies in May 2015, and can be seen online [[http://www.filmpreservation.org/preserved-films/screening-room/too-much-johnson-work-print here]].
3rd Apr '18 11:18:55 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TomorrowIsForever'' (1946)
1st Mar '18 7:49:42 AM Aquila89
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The majority of Welles' life was spent in an itinerant manner, planning several productions, writing several scripts and doing many projects at once. Much of this was unfinished, most never went past concept, and the films that were made (while critically acclaimed, technically and narratively inventive, and visually gorgeous) were even more obscure than ''Citizen Kane'', whose belated re-evaluation paradoxically lent Welles the taint of being a OneBookAuthor, and an artist who peaked early. On the other hand, Welles remained a major public figure and global celebrity, in demand for talk shows, commercials, voice-over work, character actor and villain roles. Some of the activities from this time endures in popular culture, most notably a [[http://ubu.wfmu.org/sound/365/03/365-Days-Project-03-01-welles-orson-frozen-peas-spot.mp3 frozen peas commercial]]. His tagline in commercials for the Paul Masson winery, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpj0t2ozPWY We will sell no wine... before its time]]," became a meme in TheSeventies. He also became overweight in his later years, leading to many jokes relating to the fact that his final role would be that of a planet. which is both sad and funny, because [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unicron his last role really was a planet.]] He died five days after finishing recording the voice of Unicron for the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.[[note]]In that short span of time, he blasted the movie. "I play a big toy who beats up all the little toys."[[/note]] As such, Welles is a popular HistoricalDomainCharacter and a favorite for impressionists. Creator/MauriceLaMarche is often called to do impressions of him. Has also been played by actors [[Film/FullMetalJacket Vincent D'Onofrio]] in ''Film/EdWood'' (with the voice dubbed over by [=LaMarche=]), Angus [=Angus MacFadyen=] in ''Cradle Will Rock'' and Christian [=McKay=] in the Creator/RichardLinklater film ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles''. In ''The Night That Panicked America'', a 1970s recreation of the War of the Worlds broadcast, he's played by Paul Shenar.

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The majority of Welles' life was spent in an itinerant manner, planning several productions, writing several scripts and doing many projects at once. Much of this was unfinished, most never went past concept, and the films that were made (while critically acclaimed, technically and narratively inventive, and visually gorgeous) were even more obscure than ''Citizen Kane'', whose belated re-evaluation paradoxically lent Welles the taint of being a OneBookAuthor, and an artist who peaked early. On the other hand, Welles remained a major public figure and global celebrity, in demand for talk shows, commercials, voice-over work, character actor and villain roles. Some of the activities from this time endures in popular culture, most notably a [[http://ubu.wfmu.org/sound/365/03/365-Days-Project-03-01-welles-orson-frozen-peas-spot.mp3 frozen peas commercial]]. His tagline in commercials for the Paul Masson winery, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpj0t2ozPWY We will sell no wine... before its time]]," became a meme in TheSeventies. He also became overweight in his later years, leading to many jokes relating to the fact that his final role would be that of a planet. which is both sad and funny, because [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Unicron his last role really was a planet.]] He died of a heart attack five days after finishing recording the voice of Unicron for the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.[[note]]In that short span of time, he blasted the movie. "I play a big toy who beats up all the little toys."[[/note]] As such, Welles is a popular HistoricalDomainCharacter and a favorite for impressionists. Creator/MauriceLaMarche is often called to do impressions of him. Has also been played by actors [[Film/FullMetalJacket Vincent D'Onofrio]] in ''Film/EdWood'' (with the voice dubbed over by [=LaMarche=]), Angus [=Angus MacFadyen=] in ''Cradle Will Rock'' and Christian [=McKay=] in the Creator/RichardLinklater film ''Film/MeAndOrsonWelles''. In ''The Night That Panicked America'', a 1970s recreation of the War of the Worlds broadcast, he's played by Paul Shenar.
28th Feb '18 10:07:29 AM snichols1973
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* TakeThat: In 1970, Orson Welles released "The Begatting of the President", a spoken record satire of Creator/CecilBDeMille's Biblical epics, aimed at UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson's presidency, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's subsequent election to the presidency.
20th Feb '18 11:16:32 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ReturnToGlennascaul'' (1951)



* ''[[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 Casino Royale]]'' (1967)

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* ''[[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 Casino Royale]]'' ''Film/{{Casino Royale|1967}}'' (1967)
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