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The Henry Jaglom-Orson Welles Tapes

For fans of Orson Welles, tomorrow is already guaranteed to be a summer highlight. That’s the day Metropolitan Books is serving up My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles.

Edited and introduced by Peter Biskind, the book features transcripts of recordings made by Jaglom (with Welles’ permission) of the pair’s regular lunches at Ma Maison restaurant in West Hollywood . The 1983-85 sit-downs are everything one might expect – and more. The beauty of the recordings is that they allow for Welles to speak through the page in all his glory. As in this instance for example, when he recalled a memorable media moment at the New York premiere of Citizen Kane:

“That was in the days when the crowd were still screaming, “Here comes Norma Shearer!” The days when there was that kind of opening. John Barrymore made the famous joke. A radio reporter announced, “And here come Mr. John Barrymore, and Orson Welles, who made this picture! What have you got to say, Mr. Barrymore?””

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Citizen Kane Top Film–AFI 100

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Citizen Kane is the best movie ever according to American Film Institute.

Here’s the top 10 list, plus a little Oscar trivia:

1. Citizen Kane
(Lost Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley)
2. The Godfather
(won Best Picture for parts I and II, part III lost to Dances with Wolves)
3. Casablanca
(won Best Picture)
4. Raging Bull
(lost Best Picture Oscar to Ordinary People.)
5. Singin’ in the Rain
(not nominated for Best Picture)
6. Gone with the Wind
(won Best Picture)
7. Lawrence of Arabia
(won Best Picture)
8. Schindler’s List
(won Best Picture)
9. Vertigo
(not nominated for Best Picture)
10. Wizard of Oz
(lost Best Picture to Gone With the Wind)

New to this year’s list were the following:

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