Fake Nose Media

ON THE NOSE, the video essay co-written by Randall William Cook and myself (and narrated by Randy) and edited by Timo Langer, is up on the Criterion channel. It’s about Orson Welles’ false noses, their purpose and meaning.

This is a relative epic at ten minutes (some of my Blu-ray extras are MUCH longer, but for watching on little screens, brevity is good). We decided to cut it FAST, for pseudo-Wellesian energy, and then had a struggle to find enough stills. But there’s a generous sampling of clips from Criterion’s releases, Welles’ own art, and a guest appearance by Randy’s authentic cast of the actual nose itself. You can’t pass THAT up.

You can read about the piece here.

Thanks to Kim Hendrickson.

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5 Responses to “Fake Nose Media”

  1. Good work, guys. I have to disagree however with you on “Mr. Arkadin” I first saw it in 1962 when Dan Talbot (Goddess rest his soul) premiered this 1955 work in the U.S. Found it fascinating and in no time at all this Orson Maudit became a particular favorite of mine — right after “Kane” and just before “Touch of Evil.” (My favorite Welles is of course “F For Fake”)

    As for noses I wonder about John Ford’s. In “The Other Side of the Wind” (currently in post-production after four decades in the can) John Huston plays a director clearly based on Ford. The film “outs” Ford — who was terribly superfond of many of his leading men. Maureen O’Hara once caught him with Tyrone Power. And who can blame him?

  2. And last but not least when it comes to noses, leave us not forget Michael Jackson

  3. Jackson’s creepy dismorphia was taking things altogether too far.

    Arkadin has lovely things in it: our criticism is aimed mainly at the makeup and performance, though we would add Robert Arden and the lack of sound design: you can see it was taken out of Welles’ hands by the thinness of the mix.

    But I love the cameos.

  4. Especially Michael Redgrave and Katina Paxinou

  5. And Tamiroff and Mischa Auer, even though he’s inexplicably dubbed by Welles. “My friend, after twenty thousand years, murder is still a business that’s mainly in the hands of the amateurs.”

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