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THE LIFE OF ORSON WELLES With a single feature film the first one he ever made Orson Welles changed the way motion pictures were made The picture he made was Citizen Kane universally called the greatest film ever made and despite its critical success it was a commercial failure Because of it the cinema was changed forever but its creator was practically finished It is a cruel joke that filmmakers producers and famous actors all over the world would give Welles such great praise for decades to come and yet every production Welles would be involved in would be plagued with problems in financing and distribution If everyone held such great admiration for Welles how come so few have ever helped him It is a shame that Welles would have some regrets about working in the cinema when he is perhaps its greatest director Perhaps he did not mean anything by his public comments but most would agree that he should have received better treatment When Welles was brought to Hollywood by RKO Studios he brought with him years of experience in the theater and radio Some would argue that he was not the great innovator that he was made out to be because most of his innovations were really techniques that were either used in other mediums or old tricks taken to new extremes His technical accomplishments may not have been his own creation but he used the medium to its fullest potential showing a vision that was uniquely his own The cinema is possibly the ultimate collection of modern art a universal form that employs elements of music theater photography and everything else that has come since cave paintings With his first picture Welles mastered almost every aspect of filmmaking to an unprecedented degree When Welles first entered a film studio he said he felt like a kid in a candy store and Welles sculpts Kane with the same great
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