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Orson Welles Citizen Kane

Orson Welles as Citizen Kane

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Orson Welles

From Wikipedia: George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood.

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It’s been said before by many far more knowledgeable than I that Citizen Kane is one of the finest films ever made. If you’ve not seen it I would strongly recommend that you get hold of a copy and watch it. If you love film and cinematography together with a well-crafted story they don’t come much better than this.

Citizen Kane Film Poster

Citizen Kane Film Poster

I first saw Citizen Kane on late night TV years ago, (probably BBC2) and was bowled over by it. I now have remastered DVD and have watched it a couple of times. To watch a film more than once is rare for me but this movie fascinates me and Welles is superb as Kane. For me Citizen Kane was the best thing Welles ever did. His first movie and his finest work.

For those who would like to listen to his famous broadcast of War of the Worlds click here

Now just where on earth did I put that old sled?

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Actress, celebrity, icon.

Cleopatra movie poster

Wonderful Cleopatra movie poster

“I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”

From Wikipedia
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-born American actress. Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she became known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty; as well as a much publicized private life, which included eight marriages, several near-death experiences, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, research and cure.

Elizabeth Taylor 1985

Elizabeth Taylor 1985

“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”

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Hello Dave

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It was Stanley Kubrick’s birthday yesterday. I just wanted to note this as his film: 2oo1 A Space Odyssey is, in my humble opinion, one of the best films ever made and Kubrick one of the all-time best directors.

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999). Although he was nominated for an Academy Award as a screenwriter and director on several occasions, his only personal win was for the special effects in 2oo1 A Space Odyssey. (From Wikipedia).

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Happy Birthday FACT!

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FACT building, Wood Street, Liverpool

FACT. 1889 – 2009.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

I’m a big fan of FACT. I’ve been a member since 2000 when a friend who knew I enjoyed movies gave me 12 months membership as a gift. I’ve renewed my membership every year since.

Twenty years ago ‘Moviola’ as FACT used to be known presented the first ‘Video Positive’ festival. As one of their handouts says: ‘Over the last twenty years FACT has expanded from a Liverpool-based agency into an international leader in art, research and creative technology.’

Yes, FACT has come a long way. The mix of cinemas, bar, coffee shop and exhibition space is a good one and in my experience unique. So Happy Birthday FACT!

Always something going on..

There's always something going on...

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