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    DescriptionBASED ON LONG-LOST RECORDINGS, A SET OF RIVETING AND REVEALING CONVERSATIONS WITH AMERICA'S GREAT CULTURAL PROVOCATEUR There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died. The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, did indeed exist, and this book reveals for the first time what they contain.Here is Welles as he has never been seen before: talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his astonishing 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. This is the great director unplugged, free to be irreverent and worse--sexist, homophobic, racist, or none of the above-- because he was nothing if not a fabulator and provocateur. Ranging from politics to literature to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films he was still eager to launch, Welles is at once cynical and romantic, sentimental and raunchy, but never boring and always wickedly funny.Edited by Peter Biskind, America's foremost film historian, "My Lunches with Orson" reveals one of the giants of the twentieth century, a man struggling with reversals, bitter and angry, desperate for one last triumph, but crackling with wit and a restless intelligence. This is as close as we will get to the real Welles--if such a creature ever existed.

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    My Lunches with Orson
    Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Peter Biskind
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 324
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9781250051707
    ISBN 10: 1250051703

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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25800
    DC21: 791.4302
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    DC22: 791.4302/33092
    BISAC V2.8: PER004010
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    LC classification: PN1998.3.J276 A5 2014
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    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    24 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Peter Biskind is the acclaimed author of "Easy Riders," "Raging Bulls," "Down and Dirty Pictures," and "Star," among other books. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times," "The Washington Post," "The Nation," and "Rolling Stone." He is the former executive editor of "Premiere" and the former editor in chief of "American Film," and is a contributing editor to "Vanity Fair." He lives in upstate New York.
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    "Addictive and entertaining."--"Vanity Fair " "Welles was obviously uninhibited by the invisible tape recorder. The book is a trove of classic-era Hollywood gossip, but if it were only that, it would be, at best, candy. Instead, it's a treasure, both as a portrait of the artist and as a copious record of his ideas--it is, in fact, a key source for understanding Welles, the director and the man."--Richard Brody, "The New Yorker ""If it wasn't bad enough that I--and every other director--have to compete historically with Orson as a filmmaker, now we have to compete with him as a pure storyteller and a true raconteur, a man whose breadth of knowledge and experience may never be equaled again in this industry. The good news is that his declamations on every subject are alternatively penetrating, illuminating, shocking, rude, funny, true, or all of the above. I read this in one sitting; I can't imagine anyone doing otherwise."--Steven Soderbergh, director of "Side Effects """My Lunches with Orson" offers the experience of sitting in on a particular historical-cultural moment. Read with your Netflix on hand, as Welles's wealth of knowledge inspires re-viewings of both his own films and those of his favorite actors like Buster Keaton and Carole Lombard."--"The Christian Science Monitor ""A wonderfully fluid peek into Welles' mind. Rich with acerbic observations about cinema, theater, filmmakers, actors, politics and the essence of storytelling, "My Lunches With Orson" might be the elephantine storyteller's last great work."--Indiewire "It's time to add another line of adjectives to our descriptions of Orson Welles. In this remarkable collection of conversations, we come upon Welles the conversationalist provocateur who can't open his mouth without saying something outrageously funny, fiercely opinionated, and always off-center about the men and women he claims to have known, played with, worked for, slept with, been courted and betrayed by