Orson Welles meets Jack Nicholson, circa 1976, courtesy of Will McCrabb.
In 1971, director Henry Jaglom was in hot pursuit of the legendary Orson Welles. Jaglom desperately wanted Welles to star in his feature debut, A Safe Place, opposite Jack Nicholson, and flew to the Plaza Hotel in New York to make his pitch. Welles agreed — the prospect of getting to wear a magician’s cape was the selling point — and a most unexpected friendship blossomed. —My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
Peter Biskind records the exchange in his introduction to My Lunches with Orson. Welles came to Jaglom during a break:
“You’re the arrogant kid who pushed me into this. How’s your arrogance doing?”
“Not very well. The crew hates me. They’re totally negative. Everything I tell them to shoot, they say, ‘It won’t cut,’ or ‘it’s not in the script.’ I have to fight to get every single shot. I’m exhausted.”
“Oh my God, I should have prepared you. Tell ‘em it’s a dream sequence.”
“Just do as I tell you. Trust me. You trusted me enough to hire me. Do it.”
Jaglom took Welles’ advice and got results. He went back to Welles:
“What the fuck is this? Everything I want to do, I say, ‘Dream sequence,’ and they’re pussycats.”
“You have to understand, these are people who work hard for a living. They have tough lives. Structured lives. They work all day, then they have dinner, put their kids to bed, go to sleep, and get back to the set at five o’clock the next morning. Everything else in life except for dreams has rules.” —Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, On Screen: A Safe Place and Someone to Love
Here’s a rarity: A Safe Place outtakes with Orson Welles; never-before-seen footage of Henry Jaglom’s feature debut featuring Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles and Jack Nicholson.
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"It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything."
Fight Club (1999) dir. David Fincher
"I’ll give you the moon, Mary."
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
iamrazorwing said: I haven't been keeping score or anything, but I feel like you've written enough short stories since Fragile Things to warrant a new collection. Any chance of publishing one soon?
I’m finishing the very last short story of the next collection RIGHT NOW. Everything else has been written: the stories, the introduction, all that…
It’s being published in February, and it will be called TRIGGER WARNING: Short Fictions and Disturbances.
"A famous Polish painter specializing in the field of utopian art, Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. His creations are mainly two periods, the first period of the works are generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of “utopian realism” architecture surreal, like a doomsday scenario worries. The second period more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.”
Beksiński was murdered in 2005.