Orson Welles’ Sketchbook & Max Ophuls

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    Orson Welles sought justice for Isaac Wood a African-American World War II veteran.

  • Max Ophuls and Orson Welles share a birthday on May 6. Max was born 12 years earlier, in 1902, Orson in 1915.

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  • Actor James Mason, who worked with Ophüls on two films, wrote a short poem about the director’s love for tracking shots and elaborate camera movements:

    A shot that does not call for tracks
    Is agony for poor old Max,
    Who, separated from his dolly,
    Is wrapped in deepest melancholy.
    Once, when they took away his crane,
    I thought he’d never smile again.

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