mido505 wrote:One of the great benefits of Ms. Feder's indispensable memoir is that it serves as a sturdy means by which we can test, as it were, the relative worthiness of any recollection, anecdote, or character judgement regarding her father. Ms. Feder, with this one book, has finally detonated that grotesque edifice known as Welles the Monster, the pathological, demon-haunted, serial-killer-in-waiting sociopath first sculpted out of mephitic clay by the once-besotted and subsequently hatred-consumed John Houseman; then later polished and displayed in the vulgar arena by the likes of Charles Higham and David Thomson. For example, in his otherwise interesting and insightful review of Ms. Feder's work, linked to above by Alan Brody, Joseph McBride writes the following:
"When Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper was having dinner with Welles, Rita, and Rebecca in the mid-forties, Hopper watched Welles fuming as a burned chicken was put on his plate after a two-hour wait. "What a bore — this domesticity!" he bellowed. That seemed to be his bottom line on the subject, but for reasons of comfort and security he seemed to need to make sporadic and futile attempts at being a family man."
Does anyone really believe that the endlessly patient and scrupulously polite Welles detailed by Ms. Feder would ever say such a thing? And say it in front of the gossip columnist who nearly caused the destruction of Citizen Kane. After Ms. Feder, biographers and memoirists should think twice about quoting such piffle.
I have alluded to that, yes, fiend Mary Pacios a few times in the past, although I have a hard time mentioning her name as she is so beyond the pale. She is the worst one, but a Mary Pacios and her loathsome theory would not have been possible without the abhorrent image of Welles promulgated by the likes of Houseman, Thomson, and Higham. The smiler with the knife of Ms. Pacios' fevered imagination is the logical result of the monster Welles created by those other three horsemen of the Wellesian biographical apocalypse.
ToddBaesen wrote:I hear that The New York premiere of ME AND ORSON WELLES November 23rd will include a ceremony at the building at 110 West 41st street in New York City where they will place a plaque in honor of Orson Welles Mercury Theater, which once occupied that site.
They are apparently hoping to get Chris Welles Feder to attend the event, and presumably the main cast and crew of ME AND ORSON WELLES will be on hand for the unveiling, as well.
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