Orson Welles: A Poem

October 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm (Culture, Entertainment, Film, Movies, Plays, Radio, Stage) (, )

Orson Welles: A Poem

From an adaptation of MacBeth set on the island of Haiti
to a rich man dying for his childhood sled
from a Haitian Cain to a Charles Foster Kane
he traversed the realm of human character.
Whether it was the Martians landing in New Jersey
or a magnificent Amberson getting his comeuppance
he traversed 20th century mediums from stage to radio to film.

Whether it was chimes at midnight for a Sir John Falstaff
or an escaped Nazi getting stabbed in the back by a moving clock piece on a clock tower in The Stranger
Welles traversed the sands of time from medieval Europe to 20th Century New England.

Whether playing an Irish sailor on a boat for a lady from Shanghai
or a gangster named Arkadin flying solo in a plane in the air above Spain
Welles transported himself through nationality and locale with ease.

From a mysterious third man in Vienna to a shady police captain on the U.S.- Mexico border
Welles mixed a touch of evil with a slice of lime
and like a cat with 9 lives, he revises a dead film character on radio.

From playing the Shadow on radio to casting a huge shadow on techniques of film making
Welles was a giant
and pygmies do not take well to giants
Like a Swiftian hero under Lilliputian ropes
Welles found himself tied by Hollywood moguls
for Welles created great art and not massive profits
he honoured Apollo the god of the arts
and they honoured Mammon the god of money
He reverenced Shakespeare
and they reverenced a rising investment portfolio
He loved the language of the Bible
and they loved the numbers that grew in account book ledgers.

So the only magic Welles would perform in later years was on stage in front of live audiences
instead of magic on the screen in cinemas in front of moviegoers
performing tricks of sleight of hand
instead of tricks of sleight of camera

He did TV commercials for Paul Masson wines where he sold no wine before its time
to doing radio ads showing the absurdity of peas growing in the snow in Lincolnshire in July
to fjords in Norway where the cod gather in great shoals and grow “crumb, crisp coating”.

That final interview on the Merv Griffin Show 30 years ago tonight
Welles reconciled with warthogs and the spirit of his late former wife Rita Hayworth
and then would go home and enter eternity.

-A poem written by Christopher
Saturday October 10th 2015
30 years to the night after
the death of Orson Welles.

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22 Comments

  1. Hyperion said,

    Where are those talented people now?

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Sadly most of them are dead or dying.

      • Hyperion said,

        yes, and equally sad is few have stepped up to fill the gap.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, very sad indeed. 😦

      • Hyperion said,

        I shall hold out hope that acting will resurge in a fit of nostalgia.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I hope so.

        Some young people do seem to be quite fascinated by the Turner Classic Movies channel – finding it interesting that there was a time when Hollywood used great storytelling, riveting plots, clever dialogue and interesting characters to bring in movie audiences instead of a lot of glitzy special effects and multitudes of explosions.

      • Hyperion said,

        I know, and now the very best explosions are just computer graphics. They didn’t burn a single pyrotechnic device. Bummer dude.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, America is being forced to turn to watching ISIS videos to watch real explosions on film.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, I’ve heard from many how disappointing the real ones are. They just don’t measure up to the fiery bloom of a good computer graphic.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, ISIS needs to recruit more computer graphics designers – not for fighting or suicide bombing- but to spice up their videos to match Hollywood blockbuster quality.

      • Hyperion said,

        I would truthfully expect to see some very well done propaganda to come from their well financed endeavors. Their well orchestrated Antichrist will conquer a vast landscape of young disaffected minds seeking the camaraderie only an orgy of hate and violence can bring.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, which probably explains the success ISIS has had in recruiting in the West.

        Video games and contemporary movies and Game of War apps have helped prepare an entire generation to welcome the onslaught.

        If Charles Manson had only known- developing video games was the way to launch the Helter Skelter bloodbath not leading a hippy commune of brainwashed human zombies.

  2. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    Great, well-written tribute to a fascinating, intelligent, creative man…with good taste in women!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Sherrie de Valeria said,

    At that time when many talented people still lives and glamour is yet a new alien word that comes out on the lips of the people. Now, too few talented (true talented) people are out there. It is the same when my father told me that true gentleman died long time ago. Now, only boys exists.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, very sad but true.

      I guess that’s why I always look to the figure of private eye Philip Marlowe like in my profile pic.

      He was tough when it came to battling thugs and hoodlums but he was a true gentleman when it came to women.

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        You can write more stories including Marlowe in your blogs. Another hero created in the secret lab of Dr Rocher? πŸ˜€

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Alas! Philip Marlowe isn’t a character I created.

        He was a private eye character created by writer Raymond Chandler in the 1930s and ’40s.

        A number of movies were made about him.

        Humphrey Bogart played him once.

        A Canadian film company actually made an excellent TV series about him.

        When I read Chandler’s short stories about Philip Marlowe as a kid, Marlowe struck me as a knight from medieval chivalric tales who was living as a private eye in early ’40s Los Angeles.

        Later when I read a biography of Chandler, that’s apparently how Chandler viewed Marlowe – as a knight from medieval chivalry- but a knight wearing a trench coat and fedora instead of a knight in shining armour.

      • Sherrie de Valeria said,

        I saw a few times that film played by Humphrey Bogart. It was because of your Avatar at Xanga and now in WP that remind me so much of him. Something mysterious about the trench coat and a fedora – like the old days in the 50’s when gentleman still exist. Detectives in the 50’s always look like that, ain’t they? πŸ™‚

  4. Dracul Van Helsing said,

    Yes,detectives always used to dress like that at one time. πŸ™‚

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