I was pleased and intimidated when the Senses editors granted me the assignment of writing a profile on OW for their Great Directors: A Critical Database series. The finished product, which will be available here
sometime during this week or the next, doesn't contain any revelations, but I've tried to take an original approach by assuming the site's readership is already very familiar with Kane
and the wonder-boy legend stuff and the Ambersons
affair (and they are, certainly), and writing a long polemic on the subject of Welles' lost work, as well as those films that don't get as much love as Kane
and Touch of Evil
, but that I think are great.
There's nothing particularly new in the article - nothing that's not recycled from This is Orson Welles
, the Naremore book, general information, etc. But to my knowledge it's the first article by a Welles enthusiast (rather than a disinterested party) that forcefully argues for a re-examination of Welles' career, and takes a broad inventory of his unreleased work. Unless Jonathan Rosenbaum or Fred Camper or somebody has beat me to the punch. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it.