Citizen Chick Flick: Me and Orson Welles

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 9, 2009 in Cinema

If this was a straight out comedy I think I’d appreciate it, but sadly Me and Orson Welles has chick flick written all over it. On one hand the subject matter is so very rich, but on the other hand Zac Efron seems so very shallow. Why can’t Hollywood get anything right? Read more…



Citizen Mickeleh Speaks Well of Welles

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 1, 2009 in Cinema

A few months ago I was shocked that a high school student had never seen the classic film Citizen Kane! So I started a short lived campaign to build awareness of our national shame, and a few bloggers took up my lost cause. Now one of my favorite podcast personalities Michael Markman has taken up the gauntlet and given his interesting take on the topic. Read more…

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How Can You Call Yourself Educated if You Haven’t Seen Citizen Kane?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 26, 2008 in Cinema

Citizen Kane

Recently I was talking about the topics of great films with a college bound liberal arts student and I made a shocking discovery: The student had never once seen Citizen Kane. It’s frankly shocking to me as an American citizen that in the United States of America that you can graduate from high school without having seen at least one viewing of this film. Read more…

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Life Magazine Photo Archives: Film Fanboy Heaven!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 19, 2008 in Cinema, Television

Walt Disney posing against landscape backdrop containing Mickey Mouse. 1950 photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

If you’re a classic film or TV fanboy you have to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google — it’s like having a personal time machine to view film history. After spending a few hours I found a few gems that are worth sharing, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Shown above is a 1950 photo of Walt Disney, and below is a 1968 photo of Stanley Kubrick on set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2001: A Space Odyssey - (L-R) Actors Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood listening to director Stanley Kubrick on set of motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968 photo by Dmitri Kessel

Orson Welles (C) rehearsing dance routine during rehearsal for movie Citizen Kane. 1940 photo by Peter Stackpole

How many times to you get to see a rehearsal for a scene in Citizen Kane? This photo is from 1940 and shows Orson Welles at the high point of his career. Read more…

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The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 6, 2007 in Cinema

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

If your an Orson Welles fanboy you love this website which has mp3 files of the Mercury Theatre radio shows, a great way to fill up your iPod the fanboy way:

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

“The finest radio drama of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. In its brief run, it featured an impressive array of talents, including Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris. The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. This site has many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them. The show first broadcast on CBS and CBC in July 1938.”



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