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04.13.2014 | | Posted at 08:32 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Orson Welles enjoyed his pipe and according to a new graphic novel, he was also fond of Cuban cigars, especially one brand. In The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe by writers-illustrators David Camus and Nick Abadzis, Welles savors his smokes with a connoisseur’s sense for touch and scent. He finds more pleasure in their company than with his hard-to-please-if-gorgeo...
04.08.2014 | | Posted at 05:28 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Dean Martin had several careers, from straight man to Jerry Lewis through drinking buddy for Frank Sinatra and star of a weekly television variety show. In his waning years, Martin hosted a series of televised celebrity roasts. Seventeen of them, plus interviews and other bonus material, are collected on a DVD set, “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted.” ...
12.30.2013 | | Posted at 09:38 AM

Biography of a Celebrated Hollywood Director

By David Luhrssen
  Gabriel Miller states his case repeatedly in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s Most Celebrated Director (University Press of Kentucky): “Few directors could match Wyler’s range, his psychological subtlety, his sensibility, or his humanism.” Actually, it seems that most authors undertaking biographies of filmmakers from Hollywood’s golden age feel ...
10.14.2013 | | Posted at 09:56 AM

Orson Welles' classic on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  Sneering Edward G. Robinson made his name in gangster pictures, but in The Stranger (1946) he's on the right side of the law. Robinson plays Wilson, an investigator with the Allied war crimes tribunal, an angry man who breaks the stem of the pipe he habitually smokes as he rages against the genocidal criminals he stalks. He's after one of the Holocaust's masterminds, Franz ...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Theater was born in ancient Athens in amphitheaters much like the one overlooking the city where this hit-filled concert was recorded. Peter Gabriel brought rock theater to an exceptional level in staging, lighting, choreography and gesture, coupled with music that had absorbed a world of
06.19.2013 | | Posted at 10:12 AM
By David Luhrssen
 William Randolph Hearst was a looming figure in American history, even before Orson Welles memorably transposed him into a half-fictional character. Even after his death in 1951, the media empire he built carried on and shows no signs of slowing down today. The Hearst corporation continues to operate a chain of newspapers and a fleet of glossy magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Esquir...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

The Duchess of Devonshire

Was it Orson Welles who introduced the long, dining-room table with husband and wife at opposite ends as visual shorthand for marital discord? In The Duchess, the device is used repeatedly. At first, the Duke (Ralph Fiennes) and Duchess (Keira Knightley) of Devonshire are seated across from each other, separated by a long, polished surface sparingly set with a few china serving dishes.