“A rather tawdry device” is how Orson Welles describes “Rosebud” in his Citizen Kane, saying that it’s the part of the film he’s least happy with, and then he refers to it as a “Freudian gag.” This is from Welles’ famous 1960 interview in Paris which was conducted with Bernard Braden, and which I believe just came out on DVD, and is an interesting peak into the filmmaker’s life at that particular moment in time, when he was passionate and still very much immersed in his own powers of making magic. It’s a treat both for completionists and passing film buffs equally. Below is just an excerpt, which I encourage you to check out (as well the interview in it’s entirety which you’ll find linked to above), especially since Welles has some fascinating insights about the films he’s worked on, still working on, the actors he admires, and how Rome, his home at the moment, is being urbanized to the point that it’s starting to feel like “Philadelphia with spaghetti.”
Just a reminder:
Is The Book Of Eli remarkably Zardoz-esque? (Zardoz is awesome, BTW.)
Damon and Carlton reveal the identities of Adam and Eve.
It looks like Kathryn Bigelow (who could be facing off against ex-husband James Cameron at the Oscars) has picked her next project.
Speaking of which, Google employees in China may soon be laid off, but at least they’re getting free passes to Avatar.
Blah blah Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, blah blah.
Pack a gun to protect valuables from airline theft or loss.
I want to see the new Andrea Arnold movie.
Skeezy husband tries to seduce own wife on Facebook (not realizing it’s her).
Porn on the big screen can stop up traffic.
Jetting into the Quark-Gluon Plasma.