Steven Spielberg requested Orson Welles for an appointment.

Steven claimed to have solved the Rosebud riddle and wanted to share his finding (read discovery) personally with Welles.

Though unimpressed given the poor quality of understanding and research on Rosebud, Welles agreed to meet Steven given the latter’s commanding stature in world cinema and his proven mastery over the art of visual language, something that Welles was a sort of school of.

But….there was a catch.

Welles put a condition that Steven had to take the Stairway of Led Zeppelin only to reach Heaven.

Though never met or communicated, Steven had started getting some firsthand sense on what sort of a person Welles would have been during his trip to Earth that gave the world probably the best critically acclaimed movie ever made.

Though it was going to delay Steven’s trip to Heaven and so his much awaited brainteaser meeting with Welles, he took it positively.

Steven had always been a fighter, ever since he produced his first work with a handheld camera in his early teens.

His spirit to reveal the answer to one of the least understood n most frustrating riddles, weaved from the thread of the visual language of cinema, to its inventor only got more refined with the pre-condition, another riddle his way he needed to find the answer of that would lead to the path taking him to Welles.

And Steven was there, right on the job, working on to find if the Led Zeppelin folks had really bought the Stairway to Heaven (through her).

The quest is on….as Extant it was….

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©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


Orson Welles was just 26 when he produced, directed, wrote (with co-writers) and starred in Citizen Kane, considered the best critically acclaimed movie ever made, a movie that was also his debut feature film.

Welles was born on May 6, 1915 and Citizen Kane was released in 1941. He started working on the concept and thus the movie in 1939 when he was not even 26. But by that time, he was already an established radio and theatre personality.

Like the cinematic greatness of Citizen Kane, the movie’s production had many firsts for the Hollywood studio system and for the film career of Orson Welles as the history reads now.

Though these trend setting experiments based on the perceived charisma of Welles failed initially when the movie failed to recover even its cost, the coming years established the experimental greatness of Welles over the craft of visual expressions exploiting the different elements of cinema.

The scale, the range and the possibilities in every frame of Citizen Kane look outrageously auteur and thus prone to be dismissed as an artistic mess during the first sit-in with the movie but a journey deep into its cinematic elements connect with this lovely experiment of Welles.

The experimental grandeur of Citizen Kane tells how fiery he was about introducing innovation and personal touch in his cinema as evident by one of his quotes, “I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment”.

An interesting wild afterthought on the birth anniversary of Orson Welles is – he was born on the same date, though 59 years later, and shared his birthday with the psychoanalysis great Sigmund Freud.

Sigmund Freud (1856) and Orson Welles (1915), both were born on May 6.

Freudian legacy, philosophy, feminism and literary undercurrents and Welles’ shaping of Citizen Kane (1941) – like or unlike Rosebud – expressed or unexpressed the way ‘Rosebud’ was intended to be, or not to be – the colours the characters of the movie put on – the inhibitions and the excesses that defined the characters – just an afterthought while reading the masters.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/