Friday, May 1, 2015

Fridy Night Spotlight: Orson Welles

Now that we're in a new month, we get a new Friday night spotlight on TCM. Film critic David Edelstein will be presenting the work of Orson Welles, both as a director and as an actor, as there's going to be one night of movies that have him in the cast but which he did not direct. After all, you can't really put the spotlight on Orson Welles without showing The Third Man.

Anyhow, tonight's first night of the spotlight looks at the early part of Welles' career, starting at 8:00 PM with Citizen Kane. The one that sounds interesting is Too Much Johnson at 1:45 AM, which was conceived as incidental pieces to accompany a stage play which was never produced, and which was considered lost for decades. I haven't seen it, so I can't comment on it. Orson Welles is one of those filmmakers I prefer in smaller doses, however.

I also don't watch CBS Sunday Morning or listen to NPR's Fresh Air much, so I don't know much about Edelstein as a critic or how well he's going to do on TV. But if he's been working on a show like CBS Sunday Morning, that shouldn't be a problem.

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