Fade Out – Orson Welles


Episode 4 - Orson Welles' final film appearance SOMEONE TO LOVE with Special Guest David Ace Gutierrez.

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5 responses to “Fade Out – Orson Welles

  1. Let’s just get this out of the way.
    Orson Wells’ greatest achievement was signing The Muppets to their first big Hollywood contract.
    Next, is Citizen Kane “the greatest movie ever made”?
    Yes, on its innovative technical and storytelling achievements alone, it is a masterpiece. Almost everything Wells brought to Citizen Kane is taken for granted by noradrenaline movie audiences.
    For me however, A Touch of Evil is the finest work produced by Wells. (Once again, his genius is taken for granted by those who fail to appreciate that long opening shot)
    My favorite movie with an Orson Wells appearance is, the underrated Compulsion, based on the Leopold and Loeb case. (Much like previous Fade to Black subject Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope. Which started James Stewart who also appeared in The Shootist, John Wayne’s final film)
    I always felt he was wasted in Rear Window (again, Hitchcock and James Stewart) Did you know James Stewart was in The Shootist, John Wayne’s final film?
    Anyway, one last aside to Transformers: The Movie. It’s been rumored that Orson Wells passed away before he finished recording his dialogue, and that Leonard Nimoy recorded a couple of lines for him, and that is why they modulated Wells’ voice. To cover up any discrepancies.
    Oh and as far as Earth-2 Aquaman. He just appeared this month in a new DC Comic. Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    1. Regarding the rumor that Welles died before Transformers: The Movie was completed (which indeed was thought to be the truth for many years). This rumor was put to rest by voice director Wally Burr at a Transformers convention a number of years ago (before Burr’s own passing). Welles did indeed complete all of his lines. No one’s quite sure why a few lines do indeed sound different (as though Nimoy recorded them), but the person in a position to know asserts that it was all Welles.

  2. An excellent episode! When I was in college, I went through a period of watching every Henry Jaglom film I could find on video: Tracks, Sitting Ducks, Can She Bake a Cherry Pie, Always, Someone to Love, New Year’s Day, and Eating. Then I just sort of fell out of the habit of following him. Most of his films followed the same basic formula of featuring a gathering of people just talking, much like this one. From what I understand, he encourages improvisation from his actors…but in the end, he has control of the story through editing.

    Michael Emil, the actor who plays Jaglom’s brother in Someone to Love, is his brother in real life. Jaglom does seem to bring a lot of his real life into his films…his previous movie, “Always,” was a fictionalized story of a marriage falling apart, and he actually got his ex-wife Patrice Townsend to co-star with him. Maybe it was therapeutic for both of them, I don’t know.

    Getting back to the Jaglom/Welles connection, Jaglom used that image of Orson Welles holding the rainbow as the production logo for all of his movies (at least during the period when I was following him).

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