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by Clinton Heylin

eBook Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios epub
  • ISBN: 1556526202
  • Author: Clinton Heylin
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • Subcategory: Movies
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • ePUB size: 1564 kb
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Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios.

In 2012, Heylin published a book about the theme of mental illness in British rock music in the 1960s and 1970s. Titled All the Madmen, it includes chapters on the Dialectics of Liberation conference of 1967, Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon, David Bowie's theme of schizophrenia in his songs, the Who's Quadrophenia album, and Nick Drake. Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios.

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Orson Welles' travails within the Hollywood studio system, which all but demolished his career as one of. .Orson Welles, new to Hollywood, young, brash, and brilliant, had delivered a masterpiece in his very first try. He had made the system work in ways it never had before.

Orson Welles' travails within the Hollywood studio system, which all but demolished his career as one of cinema's most brilliant directors, are the stuff of legend. Executives pulled the plug on many ambitious projects, and the problematic state of many that were realized, recut, and with scenes by studio hacks added, have contributed to the widely accepted view that Welles had a fear of completion.

Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios by Clinton Heylin 402pp, Canongate, £1. 9. Orson Welles - the wonder kid from Kenosha - arrived in Hollywood in 1939, aged 25, for what would be a critical period in the development of the studio system, which was personified by Welles's lavish acceptance and his punishing rejection.

Providing information on Orson Welles' Hollywood career, this book analyses the career of one of the most well-known .

Providing information on Orson Welles' Hollywood career, this book analyses the career of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles' films never matched his masterpiece Citizen Kane, this investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith in his audience, and the brilliance of his films.

Books about movies (10 items) list by THRILLHO. View all Despite the System: Orson Welles vs The Hollywood Studios lists. Manufacturer: Canongate Books Ltd Release date: 11 February 2005 ISBN-10 : 1841955868 ISBN-13: 9781841955865. Tags: Biography (1), Movies (1).

DESPITE THE SYSTEM Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios. Everybody outside thinks it's so glamorous," I said. But there's nothing glamorous about it. Hollywood's a factory town, only instead of motor cars or steel, we turn out cans of film.

As Heylin full well knows (and proves), Orson Welles is better than any rock star Despite the System focuses squarely on the tussles with studios, a novel angle, and though there are gaps (personal.

As Heylin full well knows (and proves), Orson Welles is better than any rock star. He sacrificed everything in pursuit of his artistic vision, and while that meant nothing but heartbreak and despair, tempered with the occasional euphoric highs of creation, for us, it left a body of work that is still groundbreaking and beautiful today.

Revealing the facts rather than the myths behind Orson Welles' Hollywood career, this groundbreaking history analyzes the career of one of the most well-known American filmmakers. Exploring why Welles' films never matched his youthful masterpiece Citizen Kane, this investigation delves into the enemies that hounded him, his unwaning faith in his audience, and the brilliance of his films—before they were butchered by the studios. Based on shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos, interviews, articles, lectures, and personal correspondence, this work creates a concrete picture of his professional and artistic struggles and successes. This heartbreaking tale brings to life the intelligent, perceptive, and passionate man who, for all his failings as a person, was utterly uncompromising in his art.
Comments: (7)
Ffrlel
Heylin does not suffer fools. At times he may be one, but he does not suffer it in anyone else. He has done some primary research in the endless, bottomless well of Orsoniana, and gives us what he feels is a definitive report on some of the myths that embroider or plague the Welles story. His seething dislike of Simon Cowell's (as of now) two-volume biography is truly unprofessional; while much of this book is a welcome sight, when Heylin digs into a fellow biographer that he does not like, we are treated to what seems to be a bi-polar style that is most unattractive. In any case, most of the research and most of the book deals with Citizen Kane and the Magnificent Ambersons; less and less is written about the later films, perhaps because there is less controversy about them, or there simply isn't much to research. Anyone who has read about Welles extensively will see that he knows his subject, is passionate about the topic, and does not stint at taking a viewpoint, all of which makes this a lively and informative book.
Steelraven
My husband had this on his Wish List on Amazon, so I got it for him at Christmas; it was from a seller on Amazon, and arrived in better condition than described. He has enjoyed reading it.
Lonesome Orange Kid
This book is heavy on argumentation. Whatever newly researched material it provides (and whether it provides much at all is debatable) is wound up in the fiber of a polemic the likes of which we haven't seen since the glory days of the Andrew Sarris-Pauline Kael Wars. I wish there had been a little less nonchalant jab-shooting at those with whom the writer doesn't see eye-to-eye, and a little more substance that was new.

That said, I will concede that this book is, naturally, highly readable. But bear in mind, it would be hard to imagine a book about any aspect of a life like Welles' being anything but readable. Having read Leaming's friendly biography and the Bogdanovich interview book (This is Orson Welles), however, I have to say everything here feels more than merely familiar, like something I (as a reader of books on this topic) have known for years now.

It begins to look as if a resifting through the same plate of sand is all we are going to get from further books about Welles, barring some sort of major uncovering of tapes, films or personal papers. And that doesn't appear likely at this point.
Jugami
Orson Welles is often cited as the classic example of an artist who peaked too early. His great work for the Mercury radio theater (including the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast) was followed by his 1941 film debut "Citizen Kane," consistently rated in polls as the greatest film of all time. After that, embarrassment...a long, slow decline until he became the pathetic figure in wine commercials before he died.

The usual explanation for this focusses on Welles' own character flaws. He was self-indulgent, this explanation says, irascible, unable to bring a film in on budget, constantly trying gimmicky scenarios that didn't have a chance of working or of garnering an audience. Welles supposedly left us a clue to his own personality in "Citizen Kane": the self-obsessed loser who finishes his days alone due to his own inability to relate to others.

Clinton Heylin thinks otherwise. He believes Welles could have accomplished a string of cinematic miracles, perhaps as great as "Kane," had the Hollywood studio system just given him the chance. Heylin has done his homework. He carefully reconstructs what happened to each of Welles' films within the studio system, beginning with "The Magnificent Ambersons" and continuing to "Touch of Evil." It is a fascinating look at what went wrong, and why.

The book has its faults. It is written with breathless prose at times, and you won't find much objectivity about Welles within its pages. Occasionally, the author seems so full of adulation for Welles that he refuses to see his faults. The book accepts Welles' own praise for his relatively untampered-with version of Kafka's "The Trial," for example, which I found (on a first viewing, at least) to be hilariously self-indulgent. (Anthony Perkins and Orson Welles turned out to be a very bad combination, in my opinion, though I know there are people who adore this film.)

Overall, this book makes a valuable contribution to understanding Welles and his struggles with the studio system during the years 1942 through 1958.
Zbr
Orson Welles did the movie 'Citizen Kane' and should have gone on to further greatness. Instead it appeared that he had peaked early and did litle for the rest of his careet.

In this extensively researched book, Clinton Heylin uses shooting scripts, schedules, internal memos and much more to come to a different conclusion. He says that the subsequent five movies Wells made were effectively ruined in post-production editing and cutting. For instance his movie 'The Lady from Shanghai' was cut from 155 to 86 minutes.

I suspect we will never be able to see a 'Director's Cut' of this movie, the 69 minutes that wound up on the cutting room floor were probably thrown away. So looking at the script and what recollections remain after half a century will have to do.

Mr. Heylin does point out some of the problems that were self inflicted, disappearing for a few days at critical times for instance. The book remains, however, a condemnation of the movie production system. I suspect this remains today as I look at the number of re-makes of old movies, the sequels, and how few original groundbreaking movies get made.
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