Lunches with Orson Welles

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded conversations they had over lunch in the years before Welles died. The tapes were thought to be lost, but they've recently been discovered. Film historian Peter Biskind talks about what the conversations reveal.  My Lunches with Orson, edited by Biskind, presents Welles talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his career, the people he knew—FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and more—and the many disappointments of his last years.


Peter Biskind

Comments [3]

Tony from Canarsie

"The Big Brass Ring" was made in 1999, several years after Welles' death, directed (on autopilot) by George Hickenlooper and starring William Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne. Alas, Hawthorne's performance is really the only reason to watch it.

Aug. 01 2013 12:56 PM
tom LI

The rumours were that Wells was a major jerk...arrogant, condescending, and clearly a self-abusing narcissist.

Can we stop aggrandizing these Hollywood "legends".

Aug. 01 2013 12:54 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Any news about when "The Other Side of The Wind" will finally be shown?

Aug. 01 2013 12:46 PM

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