Orsen Welles Essay

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Orson Welles was an actor, producer, director, writer, and columnist who revolutionized the film industry by directing movies that depicted men and woman as real human beings. Throughout his writing career, Welles' characters reflected his own personality and inspired others writers throughout his career.Orson Welles, born on May 6, 1915 to Richard Head Welles and Beatrice Ives Welles in Kenosha, Wisconsin wasn't the focus of his parents' attention. Instead his brother, Dickie was the one who was pressured to become a famous and great person. However, Dickie wasn't meant for the stage, and eventually became homeless with an alcohol problem. Orsen then stepped up to the plate, and filled into Dickie's shoes as his parents' pride and joy. He adapted wonderfully to the pressure of becoming famous, and took on many tasks trying to achieve his goal. Nevertheless, Orsen's personal relationships suffered because of this pressure to succeed. However, as he once said "A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong" (BrainyQuote).In 1931, Welles made his first appearance on stage in Dublin, Ireland. He then toured the United States with Katharine Cornell, and by 1934 had become a radio producer in the U.S. By 1937, Welles was well on his way to making it in New York, directing numerous Federal Theatre productions and organizing the Mercury Theatre company. In 1938, Welles and Mercury Theater broadcasted short plays over the radio, often from popular pieces of literature. Welles' first notoriety on a national level would come when he broadcasted H. G. Welles' War of the Worlds on his radio show. His broadcast wasn't a typical one, as he treated it as if it were a real news story, cutting into a regularily scheduled music program. He frightened countless listeners while describing the landing of matrian spacecraft in Grovers Mill, New Jersey.Orsen Welles' most famous legacy, which still lives on today, is the movie Citizen Kane. The movie, although not as popular when it was released as it is in modern days, was a revolutionary film. Welles coscripted, starred in, and directed this psychological study of an American newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, who was the basis for Citizen Kane. Hearst and his newspapers and other media outlets boycotted the film. His innovative way of telling his story greatly influenced later filmmakers. "A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet" is what Orson said when asked how to make a good, influential film (BrainyQuote). The film Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles at age 25, is a grand example of how a man can be corrupted by wealth. Through the characters in the film it can be observed how Charles Foster Kane, an idealistic man with principles, can be changed and misguided by wealth and what accompanies wealth. The film takes places during the late 19th century and early 20th century, a time in American history when the world is changing and wealth...

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