In 1970, when Graver learned that Welles was in town, he impulsively called up the director and offered him his services as a cameraman. It was only the second time in Welles's career that he had received such an offer from a cinematographer, the other being from Gregg Toland, who worked on one of the greatest films ever, Citizen Kane.
In Making Movies with Orson Welles, Graver recounts the highs and lows of the moviemaking business as he and one of the most important and influential directors of all time struggled to get films produced. The two men collaborated on more than a dozen projects, including F for Fake, Filming Othello, and the still-unreleased The Other Side of the Wind. Their close friendship and creative filmmaking partnership would endure for 15 years, until Welles' death in 1985. Also including a filmography of works and 20 photos from Graver's personal collection, this fascinating memoir recalls what it was like to work with the legendary Welles and offers advice and tales of caution for future filmmakers.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 219 x 141 x 15 mm
It provides invaluable, fly-on-the-wall glimpses of the legendary director's eccentric but effective working methods during his obscure guerrilla filmmaking phase; some surprising revelations (e.g., Welles was asked to helm Popeye, later directed by Robert Altman); and entertaining anecdotes manifesting Welles' famously larger-than-life personality. * Booklist, November 1, 2008 *
Making Movies with Orson Welles is a crucial contribution to the literature about Welles....Graver loved Orson Welles, and this book allows us to share the love. * National Board Of Review, October 2008 *
Graver writes of the 'incredible, surreal privilege' of working with Welles with affection and insight. * Film Comment, November-December 2008 *
Gary Graver, one of Orson Welles' closest collaborators, has written a superb book on Welles. It is a captivating and insightful look at their extraordinary relationship, a must-have for Welles fans and academians alike. -- Frank Marshall, Producer, Raiders of the Lost Ark
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