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Book Review: Orson Weles: One-Man Band by Simon Callow

By Francine Stock   January 2016

Jonathan Cape, £25 One man band

The third (and penultimate) part of Simon Callow’s mighty embrace of Welles’s life and work covers the period 1947-65, when the great sorcerer was in Europe. This includes his playing Harry Lime in Carol Reed’s The Third Man as well as his own Othello, A Touch of Evil, The Trial and Chimes at Midnight. In the theatre there was King Lear, Moby-Dick and Eugene Ionesco. And television, radio, essays, even ballet—all manner of projects conceived with invention and verve yet rarely realised with their initial focus.

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