with me it was that bbc/turner thing that welles did in 1982 that got me to look at kane again after 4 attempts to get through it, because it was in every film book. obviously the film books i was reading were overviews and didn't tell me much about the films.
orson's charm in that documentary seduced me, made me go out, rent kane and try again, and this time i got through it. then i went out looking for orson books. this was before the huge conglomerate bookstores, and the only orson book i found was the higham book, 'the films of orson welles'. not only did i feel like a rip-off was being perpetrated on the reader page by page, by how much space higham burned not to write, but later on after finding the frank brady book, and the james naremore book, i found out that higham's book was also a pack of meanspirited lies.
higham most have been an odd person, most writers take up a book as a labor of love on something they greatly admire, higham took on a subject to slander, and maligne. very odd.
i never got thrown out of school. in jr high it was dangerous, people got stabbed, busses were destroyed, teachers were bitch-slapped, gangs were running amuk, so you just watched yourself and didn't make waves. in highschool, and college, everyone was smoking pot and they were very friendly.
the teacher that tried to play blood sweat and tears for the class got a bitch-slapping, though i don't think it was related.
i've always though of contacting lesley megahey (a god among men) about the rest of the audio from that 1982 shoot, if it still exhists. they used 3 hrs, but they filmed for 9 hrs. it's the best orson documentary going. i was thrilled when i traded with jeff wilson for the bbc cut of that documentary, i think there is an additional 45 minutes or so.