Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orson Welles's Last Move by, Jonathan Karp

Absolutely fascinating book about the most famous unfinished movie of all time.

First the negative. The voiceover move into and outro don't work. The psychoanalysis of Welles in the epilogue is forced and feels cheap. There is some repetitive storytelling regarding people getting fired over and over and in the hammering home of Welles's character flaws.

On the positive side, Karp does yeoman's work unraveling the complicated details of who stood how much of the picture to whom and when. He provides a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to work with Welles and how much of a genius Welles was at editing and assembling movies.

It's well worth the read for any fan of Welles and of the movies. I hope the current effort to fund the movie's completion succeeds and we finally get to see this movie I've been waiting to see for as long as I can remember

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