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My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles par [Biskind, Peter]
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Based on long-lost recordings, a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America's great cultural provocateur

There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died. The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, did indeed exist, and this book reveals for the first time what they contain.

Here is Welles as he has never been seen before: talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his astonishing Hollywood career, the people he knew—FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and more—and the many disappointments of his last years. This is the great director unplugged, free to be irreverent and worse—sexist, homophobic, racist, or none of the above— because he was nothing if not a fabulator and provocateur. Ranging from politics to literature to movies to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films he was still eager to launch, Welles is at once cynical and romantic, sentimental and raunchy, but never boring and always wickedly funny.
Edited by Peter Biskind, America's foremost film historian, My Lunches with Orson reveals one of the giants of the twentieth century, a man struggling with reversals, bitter and angry, desperate for one last triumph, but crackling with wit and a restless intelligence. This is as close as we will get to the real Welles—if such a creature ever existed.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Metropolitan Books; Édition : 1 (16 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Very good book, very interesting with lots of anecdotes of the time. His constant condescension can get irritating after a while however...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Can't Believe How Much I Enjoyed This Book 7 septembre 2014
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I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. I expected it be interesting, and probably informative, and dishy as hell--and it is. Welles is offensive, disagreeable, and usually rude, but if you can get past the cantankerous posturing and opinionated BS, you also get to hear history being unspooled, through these great stories and old-fashioned punch lines. It looks like the professional reviewers who praised this book notice its remarkable vivid quality. I agree, Who knew Welles had that Valley Girl cadence to his voice?

Even though it looks like this book was just published last year (2013), this book is somehow utterly of its time. It reminded me, in the best and most uncanny way, of conversational books and interviews I read in my teens (in the early to mid-80s, exactly when Welles and Jaglom are having these lunches) with members of Welles' generation--Andy Warhol, of all people, kept coming to mind--and college professors who were also approximately Welles' age. These people could really *talk*, about anything, especially themselves, and keep you hooked for hours while they did it. (Is these an actor or director living today--besides maybe Roman Polanski--who could go off, repeatedly, on Andre Malraux, even if they wanted to?) I bought this book thinking it would be my nightstand reading for a few days, and then I stayed up all night reading it, because I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Last Words 7 juillet 2014
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This relatively brief compendium of lunchtime interviews is a refreshing antidote to the numerous lengthy ponderous biographies and agenda driven studies of Orson Welles that have been published over the years.

It is a sad recounting in his own words of his frustrating final few years as he struggles with his health and the futile efforts to continue his film directing career.

The bitter tone that's pervasive is understandable as this acknowledged giant was impoverished and marginalized.

Peter Biskind had done an excellent job of organizing and commenting on the material.

The conversations between Welles and his great friend. champion, and dining foil Henry Jaglom are very entertaining and insightful. Many of the often told stories are repeated with new details and there's plenty of revelations and new material for Welles enthusiasts to enjoy.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are into Orson and haven't read it, well, you should. 31 mars 2017
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If you are into Orson and haven't read it, well, you should. It pretty much covers Orson's career in his own words and it can be a real delight and also very revealing. An expensive paperback at $15, but I got the hardback used for $6 here on Amazon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EAVESDROPPING AT ITS FASCINATING BEST 16 novembre 2013
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This work is fascinating for anyone interested in historical eavesdropping, and you don't need any prior interest in or admiration of its subject as some great film maker. (As a matter of fact, while I had liked Orson as a warm likable character, I've always been bewildered by people finding either Citizen Kane or The Magnifcent Ambersons to be great movies, as I've always found them both to be just about unwatchable.)

"My Lunches with Orson" put together by Peter Briskin, is derived from tape recorded transcripts from mutual Orson Welles friend admirer Henry Jaglom who sits with Orson over a period of a year and a half--which will be the last year and of a half of Orson's life-- and at Orson's instigation are recording their conversations as they have lunch at Orson's favorite restaurant favorite, Ma Maison, which is becoming popular because Orson dines in state there almost every day with his small lap dog. Illegal to have an animal in the restaurant, but Orson's dog is tolerated.

So instead of interviews, it's them talking and changing conversations rapidly, and Orson is super knowlegeable about everything in the world, has a quicksilver mind, has met everybody in the world from all fields, pontificates about everything at great length,(food, dogs, politics, history, reveals he thought Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart were rotten actors, the Irish are the worst people in the whole world,etc.) and Henry Jaglom is responding like any friend would with surprise and contradicting viewpoints in amused debates, and this sprinkled with Orson's intact memory reciting huge passages from Shakespeare, things from his own scripts. Plus sudden raucous laughter, dirty jokes, deeply felt insecurities and self-deprecation. All this during a time when Welles is struggling financially, trying to launch some projects in America and Europe which keep falling through at the last minute because the former Boy Wonder might be washed up, is kaftan-wearing overweight and having to use a cane.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 or son Well could tell great stories 26 juillet 2014
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I remember so well seeing Orson Wells on Johnny Carson in the 60s and 70s (?). Johnny always had him tell wonderful stories and do magic tricks. In this book, reading it, I can still see him on TV. He was an amazing and wonderfully talented genus. This book, being totally in dialog form until the end, makes you feel that you are spying on them as they have their lunch, hanging on every word. Throughly entertains book I could not put down. BRAVO!
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