"Easily the best book on Orson Welles." –The New Yorker
Orson Welles arrived in Hollywood as a boy genius, became a legend with a single perfect film, and then spent the next forty years floundering. But Welles floundered so variously, ingeniously, and extravagantly that he turned failure into "a sustaining tragedy"–his thing, his song. Now the prodigal genius of the American cinema finally has the biographer he deserves. For, as anyone who has read his novels and criticism knows, David Thomson is one of our most perceptive and splendidly opinionated writers on film.
In Rosebud, Thomson follows the wild arc of Welles’s career, from The War of the Worlds broadcast to the triumph of Citizen Kane, the mixed triumph of The Magnificent Ambersons, and the strange and troubling movies that followed. Here, too, is the unfolding of the Welles persona–the grand gestures, the womanizing, the high living, the betrayals. Thomson captures it all with a critical acumen and stylistic dash that make this book not so much a study of Welles’s life and work as a glorious companion piece to them.
"Insightful, controversial, and highly readable–Rosebud is biography at its best." –Cleveland Plain Dealer
David Thomson is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, Moments That Made the Movies, The Whole Equation, and the pioneering novel Suspects, which was peopled with characters from film. He lives in San Francisco.David Thomson is available for select… More about David Thomson