The other day we linked to a funny recording of William Shatner giving some voiceover directors the business. In the comments someone made reference to a similar Orson Welles voiceover outtake, which you can hear here. This is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Hilarious in hearing the great Welles talk about canned peas, and call the material “unrewarding,” as he squabbles with the directors who are clearly just desperate to get the eccentric genius to read something through.
Heartbreaking because the man who at age 25 directed what some still consider the greatest American movie ever made would never again finish anything in vaguely the way he intended, and was reduced to talking about canned peas for a living for decades. And yet the spirit is there. Observe how this epic man gives the two words “great shoals” an entire history, lore and mystery just by saying them aloud.
Anyway, this recording is so famous that it was recreated verbatim for an episode of ANIMANIACS.
Does anyone remember that?
We are alive, with a sore throat still…or again…or something. We intend to live on green tea and blueberries for the next week or so. We are happy about many things, but sad about others. Sad that PAN’S LABYRINTH didn’t win Best Foreign Film Oscar. (Yes I know it won three, so no real tears.) And sad that CHILDREN OF MEN didn’t win any. Do you want to know why everyone says CHILDREN OF MEN is the modern day BLADE RUNNER?
It’s a compendium of the video advertisement and other source material that the agency Foreign Office created for the film, and they are both mundane and chilling and beautiful. Go watch and make them all in-jokes. That’s what the internet is for.
Anyway, one good weekend of sleep and we’ll be back in the saddle. Sleep. Beautiful, precious sleep.