The Orson Welles Sketchbook

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  • A brief series (six segments) of unscripted fifteen-minute talks by Orson Welles on subjects connected with his life and interests.

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    Apparently, this BBC series, produced by Huw Wheldon (later to be knighted for his services to television), was set up very quickly through the agency of Welles's friend Wolf Mankowitz. The live fifteen-minute shows illustrated Welles's musings with drawings he would sketch whilst he was talking - the sketchbook in his hand throughout is, as he tells us disarmingly at the outset of the first show, merely a prop to connect his various opinions and reminiscences. Orson Welles was, of course, one of the great talkers of the world and every moment of these six short shows is fascinating. A perhaps unexpected humility is consistently displayed, as well as great wit and insight.