Orson Welles. American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film.

Orson Welles. American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film.

Orson Welles as Jordan de Ribérac circa Niccolò Rising (The House of Niccolò)

Orson Welles as Jordan de Ribérac circa Niccolò Rising (The House of Niccolò)

At the age of 25—as an absolute film novice-- Welles wrote, directed, and acted in a film with the most complex, demanding and challenging script ever yet written. He invented photographic techniques, camera angles and movements as yet unseen in film, experimented with screen transitions and editing techniques never seen before, and introduced a cadre of actors who would have a major place in American film for the next quarter century.

At the age of 25—as an absolute film novice-- Welles wrote, directed, and acted in a film with the most complex, demanding and challenging script ever yet written. He invented photographic techniques, camera angles and movements as yet unseen in film, experimented with screen transitions and editing techniques never seen before, and introduced a cadre of actors who would have a major place in American film for the next quarter century.

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.”  Orson Welles.

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.” Orson Welles.

Sam Lévin, Orson Welles, 1962

Sam Lévin, Orson Welles, 1962

Orson Welles in The Third Man*0ne of my most favorite Orson movies!* (Carol Reed, 1949)

Orson Welles in The Third Man*0ne of my most favorite Orson movies!* (Carol Reed, 1949)

Orson Welles on the radio, 1940s

Orson Welles on the radio, 1940s

I think the enemy of [film] is of course reality, and films are best when they manage poetry by reducing the element of reality and introducing something which is the invention of the filmmaker. - Orson Welles

I think the enemy of [film] is of course reality, and films are best when they manage poetry by reducing the element of reality and introducing something which is the invention of the filmmaker. - Orson Welles

Joan Fontaine with Orson Welles in "Jane Eyre" (1943)

Joan Fontaine with Orson Welles in "Jane Eyre" (1943)

Happy 100th birthday, Orson Welles. (b. 6 May 1915)

Happy 100th birthday, Orson Welles. (b. 6 May 1915)

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