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Me and Orson Welles

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Filmmaker Richard Linklater discusses his new movie "Me and Orson Welles." It’s based in real theatrical history, and is a romantic coming-of-age story about an actor who lands a role in "Julius Caesar," which is being re-imagined by a young, brilliant director named Orson Welles. "Me and Orson Welles" opens in New York Wednesday, November 25, at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Angelika Film Center.

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Richard Linklater

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Comments [2]

Jaycee from London

Maggie: Nobody 'clings' to Welles. Most people recognize the talent behind Citizen Kane, Chimes at Midnight etc. He is probably admired in spite of his well known personal frailties which include his ego and narcissism, and later his drinking problems.

This holds true in the movie, which is even-handed enough to show his nasty side, as well as the charisma and energy.

Shame you have to use the movie (and Welles himself) as a pretext for letting people know that you think men are cowards and you don't have much respect for them. Welles may have had flaws, but he deserves more considered comments than these.

Dec. 16 2009 06:29 PM
Maggie from new york

Welles was a big fat narcissist. He filled a huge emotional void with food and drink. The only thing larger and more vacuous was his ego. His politics was opportunistic. He squandered other peoples time, money and talent on his megalomania. It’s sad that people still fall for his supposed mystique. At the end even he acknowledged that he had wasted his life. He deserves no especial adulation, but he is clung to for a simple reason: men are ashamed to be labeled intellectual in this country for fear of being called effete, so they desperately need this kind of macho intellectualism as epitomized by Hemmingway and his ilk. It’s time to grow up. There's nothing admirable about fat self destructive drunks.

Nov. 24 2009 01:18 PM

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