My Lunches with Orson

My Lunches with Orson Based on long lost recordings a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America s great cultural provocateur There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversat

  • Title: My Lunches with Orson
  • Author: Henry Jaglom Orson Welles Peter Biskind
  • ISBN: 9780805097252
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Based on long lost recordings, a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America s great cultural provocateur There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, didBased on long lost recordings, a set of riveting and revealing conversations with America s great cultural provocateur There have long been rumors of a lost cache of tapes containing private conversations between Orson Welles and his friend the director Henry Jaglom, recorded over regular lunches in the years before Welles died The tapes, gathering dust in a garage, did indeed exist, and this book reveals for the first time what they contain.Here is Welles as he has never been seen before talking intimately, disclosing personal secrets, reflecting on the highs and lows of his astonishing Hollywood career, the people he knew FDR, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Laurence Olivier, David Selznick, Rita Hayworth, and and the many disappointments of his last years This is the great director unplugged, free to be irreverent and worse sexist, homophobic, racist, or none of the above because he was nothing if not a fabulator and provocateur Ranging from politics to literature to movies to the shortcomings of his friends and the many films he was still eager to launch, Welles is at once cynical and romantic, sentimental and raunchy, but never boring and always wickedly funny.Edited by Peter Biskind, America s foremost film historian, My Lunches with Orson reveals one of the giants of the twentieth century, a man struggling with reversals, bitter and angry, desperate for one last triumph, but crackling with wit and a restless intelligence This is as close as we will get to the real Welles if such a creature ever existed.

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    1. Welles was a perfectly awful human being, and I don't like Jaglom much for egging him on. That said, I kept this book on my night table and dipped into it before bed with great enjoyment.Henry Jaglom: Is Bogart as good as I think he is?Orson Welles: No. Not nearly as good as you believe. Bogart was a second-rate actor. Really a second-rate actor. He was a fascinating personality who captured the imagination of the world, but he never gave a good performance in his life . . .HJ: To me, he gives t [...]

    2. Orson Welles newcomers should STAY AWAY from this book. Instead, check out Peter Bogdanovich's wonderful "This Is Orson Welles" which provides a much better career context and gives a more nuanced picture of the man and the artist. For Welles fanatics, this compulsively readable volume is worthwhile. It's important to keep the context in mind, that Welles was performing for an audience of one and tailoring his comments accordingly, sometimes offering opinions that differed from his own merely to [...]

    3. Years ago I was meeting a friend in the bar at Brown's Hotel, London. Noodged by a whisky who said, "The Fat Man is here," I saw Orson. Holding forth, he was spinning stories in his honey-baked ham voice. A little group of fleas clustered. Nothing he said was true. Flea Jaglom continues the F for Fake.

    4. Oh my god. The afterglow.I've read books that have moved me to tears, made me ecstatic, and even given me a hard-on. This book did not do any of those things, but it did do something that I have never before experienced while reading. At one point while eagerly lapping up its onrushing constant goodness I had a genuine endorphin rush, a natural high -- and it startled me. In this book, the late Orson Welles bares his soul and takes no prisoners. He's an atomic neutron dirty bomb spewing toxic ra [...]

    5. The two reasons I've resisted this long:1) The presence of Henry Jaglom on this planet taxes me.2) Still scraping the remnants of My Dinner with Andre from the cognitive footlocker.But it's Orson. It's Hollywood's premiere l'enfant terrible. It's the Emperor of Dish, parked with his poodle at Ma Maison, digesting soft-shelled crab as he opines on the entirety of the known artistic universe. It's stories in that basso profundo voice that may or may not be true, but always serve to make his point [...]

    6. Is the art of conversation dead? Or is it just that great conversationalists have lost their place to social media? You might think about such things while reading "My Lunches with Orson". While Orson Welles is still a divisive figure (people either love or hate him) no one can say that he didn't know how to spark reactions that led to discussions ranging from witty banter to deep talk about a wide range of subjects. Henry Jaglom lets us in on the conversation by transcribing many recorded lunch [...]

    7. Awesome. I don't understand why anyone would care in the least about the truth content of the stories contained in this book. The entire thing is entertaining. For those looking for a series of truthful, dry, Hollywood stories from the mouth of Orson Welles, look elsewhere during your lengthy reality check.

    8. So many of the conversations transcribed in this book struck me as trivial rather than interesting. Welles comes of as bitchy, more than anything else

    9. This isn't a formal rundown of of Orson Welles' career, but a great part of this book's appeal is how gloriously informal it is. This is Welles at his most relaxed and unguarded, free-associating across the years with Henry Jaglom over lunch, touching on both his most famous works and the ones that never got made at all. It's not an altogether flattering portrait of the man, but it's a very human one, capturing a period of quiet desperation during the last few years of his life when he was still [...]

    10. Tapes recorded over the course of wide ranging lunch conversations between Orson Welles and director Henry Jaglom in the early 80s reveal Welles as a brilliant, iconoclastic raconteur in merrily uncensored fashion. You don't need to agree with or be a fan of Welles to find this wildly entertaining. The substantial introduction by Peter Biskind, author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" is worth the price of the book on its own. For sheer pleasure, the best non-fiction book I've read so far this year [...]

    11. This book consists of transcripts of tape recordings made by Jaglom of conversations he had with Orson Welles while they were dining in a restaurant. Younger, Jaglom obsequiously primes and pumps the Great Man so it's not just talk about food and the weather, and while Welles has a lot to say, most of it is gossip, Hollywood gossip. I suppose if I were older and more invested in the films and theatre of the forties, fifties and sixties--or in knowing about the sex lives of the stars of that peri [...]

    12. Oh, Orson. Even at the end, even when talking to someone as annoying as Jaglom, even when the line between 'truth' and 'fiction' was more than usually blurred, you shone.

    13. much more fun, and much more revealing, than bogdanovich's prior book of interviews with welles (which was much more work-focused). welles here is like a living, breathing thinkpiece, and you're left w/ the sense that a single conversation w/ him was worth dozens of films and novels by other people. is it possible to be a tremendous waste of talent in spite of an extraordinary body of work? absolutely; here's proof (and he knew it, too).

    14. I've long been fascinated by Welles' career: intermittently meteoric and bathetic. I can't say I've read the other books of interviews with him (which might present a more complete picture of the man), but this volume, transcribed from informal lunchtime conversations with his friend the director/actor Henry Jaglom, shows Welles at the end of his life, a rueful and self-mythologizing oracle. It is not a flattering depiction; Welles comes across as generally resentful and bitter, as well as patho [...]

    15. Totally a readable can't put it down book, but in the end, it is also a very depressing book. Over a period of time, the independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom had a series of lunches with Orson Welles at his favorite restaurant, and taped all their conversations. The first question that comes to mind is why would Welles want to have his conversations taped, especially when it deals with nitty gritty business issues? The second horrible thing is that Welles comes off as a bitter broken down guy who [...]

    16. My Lunches with Orson documented a series of taped interviews at a West Hollywood restaurant with Orson Welles and Henry Joglom at the last stage of Welles’s life. At first, I was appalled by Welles, an artist of stature, who resorted to gossip and put-downs of Hollywood stars to puff himself up. My opinion switched to that he had a sarcastic, wicked sense of humor. The magnitude of his talent and genius gave himself permission to think that he was superior. A turn-around occurred midway throu [...]

    17. When I was in college, Orson Welles was IT! A friend and I headed up our college's Film Society, and we wanted to officially change the name to the Orson Welles Jean-Luc Godard Film Society. I have since changed my views on Jean-Luc Godard: although his movies are amusing, he is not enough in the narrative tradition. Anyway, I discovered this book, published in 2013. Henry Jaglom met Orson Welles for lunch and recorded their conversations. A lot of Hollywood gossip and interesting revelations: C [...]

    18. This book feels alot like a continuation of Bogdanovich's highly entertaining THIS IS ORSON WELLES. However, here Orson comes across as less guarded since these "lunches" seem to be the product of Jaglom having made these recordings without permission. These conversations are fascinating and insightful regarding the moviemaking process since alot of showbiz lunches involve the logistics of getting projects made and of Orson looking back on his career which provides him with ample opportunity to [...]

    19. Well if I didn't love Orson Welles before, I most certainly do now. I'm not saying I agree with everything he said in these conversations. I'm not saying that most of what he said was politically correct. He has a very blunt, direct manner, and I appreciate that immensely. The conversations about old Hollywood and "how it used to be" are priceless. So is some of the gossip about other celebrities and directors and such. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves Orson Welles and his fi [...]

    20. At one point in these conversations with the film director Henry Jaglom, Orson Welles recalls a Newsweek review of “Citizen Kane” in which the novelist John O’Hara wrote, “This is not only the best picture that has ever been made, it is the best picture that will ever be made.”“What do you do after that?” Jaglom asks.“Nothing,” Welles replies. “I should’ve retired.”Considering the 44 years of his life that followed the release of “Kane,” Welles may have spoken the tru [...]

    21. In theory, this should be such a bore. A transcript of two guys sitting around a lunch table and talking movies and bullshit. Not at all. The conversations are all page-turning good and touch on basically everything: good movies, bad movies, asshole actors, egotistical critics, death, conspiracy theories, philosophy, sex, and more funny anecdotes and stories than you could believe. Above all, there is a gentle humor that underlies every page of this--well, actually some of it is pretty vicious, [...]

    22. Wildly entertaining, eye-opening, shocking and bittersweet. Orson Welles didn't hold back in his opinions in these conversations with fellow director Henry Jaglom. Welles often times showed his paranoia and seemed to perform for an audience but we do get a very candid and open Welles. This is a great book and a refreshing read after having consumed so many all-encompassing biographies. Sometimes it is good to look at the small details in order to get a better sense of the bigger picture. Read my [...]

    23. If you've ever wondered what having lunch with Orson Welles would've been like, here's your chance. He is an entertaining companion, though he does seem to be a crotchet-y old man at times. His stories and opinions are fascinating, though after awhile it gets tedious. Towards the end of the book I caught myself skimming pages instead of really reading them. People that are more knowledgeable about old Hollywood will probably enjoy this book a lot more than a regular person.

    24. Transcripts of lunch table chitchat that may or may not have been taped with Orson Welles' consent. Gossip writer Peter Biskind adds a forward which leaves one with the impression that he may or may not have seen a Welles film after "Citizen Kane."Read Peter Bogdanovich's book length "This is Orson Welles" instead.

    25. I grew weary of his vitriol (especially towards Irene Dunne) and found him to be a bit long in the tooth. I am becoming less and less enamored by anger old men, see also Gore Vidal, as I try not to turn into one myself. Worth reading if you like this type of Hollywood, gossipy banter.

    26. I've always wondered what Orson Welles was like and after reading this book I have to say be careful what you wish for.

    27. A great dipping book. Plenty of great old Hollywood stories. Sparkling stories and insights from a genius who was probably his own worst enemy.

    28. What truly fascinating insight into one of the great Americans of the 20th century. This is a book in which we get to overhear the man himself in conversation, and the result is exactly what you would want to discover, what ensures his reputation despite every effort that has been made over the years to demolish it.We live, via that ancient Chinese curse (although really, it’s always true), in interesting times. Currently there’s great zeal to “purge” the culture of predators. Of course [...]

    29. Despite the many entertaining and fascinating stories shared by Orson Welles over lunches with Henry Jaglom, his difficulties in dealing with the real world kept coming through. I found it quite sad, in the end. I don't know quite how we expect people with imaginations so rich they are called genius to adapt themselves to the everyday problems that most of us without genius can solve. I call Orson Welles a genius. He needed a friend -- a true, helpful, pragmatic friend. Henry Jaglom tried to be [...]

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