7. Orson Welles
CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, OTHELLO
A master of several mediums, Orson Welles saw film as the ultimate opportunity to put his talents into practice. With each film, Welles attempted to fully utilize every aspect of filmmaking and twist it in a way we hadn’t seen before. His use of sound and music as a way of fully creating another world- from the echo chambers of Xanadu to the hustle and bustle of a busy border town- while his off kilter cinematography- from angles that seemed at once impractical and inspired- kept us from getting too complacent in our viewing. He explored characters not wholly unlike himself; men with tremendous abilities, but deep flaws. There was a certain intangible quality to Welles’ films and characters, like we could never truly grasp exactly what was happening in front of us. The mysteries at the center of his art were exciting; maybe even a little bit playful. But even deeper was a sad, lonely, frustrated core that perfectly illustrated art’s ability to insulate itself while seeming to lay itself bare.
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