On His 100th Birthday, Rethinking Orson Welles

When Orson Welles was born 100 years ago on May 6, 1915, there were no radios or television, and movies still hadn’t learned to talk. From age 26 until his death in 1985, Welles established himself as an innovative but turbulent filmmaker. He narrowly missed the high-tech media revolution that might have saved his troubled film-directing career.

Welles reading his script during a rehearsal of ‘King Lear.’
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