Orson Welles: Masters of Cinema

Orson Welles: Masters of Cinema

Paperback Masters of Cinema

By (author) Paolo Mereghetti


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  • Publisher: Cahiers du Cinema
  • Format: Paperback | 104 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 238mm x 10mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Paris
  • ISBN 10: 2866427017
  • ISBN 13: 9782866427016
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 100
  • Sales rank: 302,354

Product description

Orson Welles (USA, 1915-1985) was a complete auteur, a brilliant director and scriptwriter, a prodigious actor of memorable physique and a figure of legend. He began his directing career in 1940, at the age of twenty-five, with Citizen Kane, an undisputed, ground-breaking masterpiece of cinema history. Welles' stature as a baroque, impetuous and profoundly free artist made the studios uncomfortable. He had control of every detail on the twelve feature films he was able to make, including Lady from Shanghai with Rita Hayworth (1947), Touch of Evil with Charlton Heston (1958), adaptations of Shakespeare's plays including Macbeth (1948) and Othello (1952) and Kafka's The Trial (1962). Orson Welles remains a unique figure in cinema history and a real source of inspiration for future generations of film-makers.

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Author information

Paolo Mreghetti is a journalist and critic, notably for Corriere della Sera. He is the author of a well-known Italian dictionary of Cinema [Il Mergehetti], and has also contributed to the Venice Film Festival.

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'short, beautifully illustrated essays on great directors' The Times 'bargain price. Does an already saturated market need yet more auteur guides? On this evidence, yes. ... briskly paced, scalpel-sharp primers ...The collective quality is high, the tone scholarly but not intimidating. ... A triumph of layout as much as content, each book glows with gorgeous on- and off-screen archive photography... Magnifique.' Total Film 'text [...] is authoritative ... [an] excellent selection of photographs ... [will] bring back memories of a classic era in cinema. ... This title, as well as others in the series, will be a welcome addition to any film lover's library - and at GBP5.95 it represents excellent value for money.' Caravan Club 'reasonably-priced .. Morghetti take[s] readers on a[n] informative journey that is well worth the book's low cover-price.' Screen Trade