Friday, November 20, 2009

Orson Welles in the Basque Country

You can see lots of berets on these two short films by Orson Welles, shot in the 1950's. Beautiful material, even though it comes over as slightly naive now and very amusing to watch.
George Orson Welles (1915 – 1985), was an American film director, writer, actor and producer, who worked extensively in film, theater, television and radio. Welles was also an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety spectacles in the war years. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the 20th century. His first two films with RKO: Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, are widely considered two of the greatest ever made. He was also well-known for a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds which, performed in the style of a news broadcast, caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an actual extraterrestrial invasion was in progress.
Despite his wide exposure to berets, I can't find any evidence of Welles wearing a beret himself.

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