>the tawdry device & seagulls

>I love this well known interview with Orson Welles. He comes across as affable and even sweet. It makes so much sense, after all that’s been said, that he refers to “rosebud” as a tawdry device. It was always obviously so, but what a wonderful tawdry device.

I also find it interesting what he says about great tragic roles being somewhat impossible for any actor to perform. I just heard a talk today in which the speaker said King Lear was an impossible play to act; that one watched performances, read the play, watched again, read again, and each time got more from it, but never all of it. It’s just too rich and powerful for anyone to act it or take it in as a complete work.

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