I know it was mentioned on the news page at some point a while back, but some of you may have been wondering about the recent book Orson Welles: Six Films Analyzed, Scene by Scene, by Randy Rasmussen. Published by McFarland, the book is priced for library purchases mainly, at $45 for a paperback. The question is: is it worth it? Having had a look at the book yesterday at a local university library, the answer would be no. The book does exactly what the title says, looking at six films (Kane, Ambersons, Shanghai, ToE, Trial, Chimes - it's not really clear why the rest aren't included, beyond space issues) and describing, in fairly exacting detail, what happens in each film, scene by scene. That's pretty much it.
To be honest, if you've seen/own the films, this strikes me as something of a pointless exercise, and it doesn't read especially well as a result. Imagine reading a 30 page summary of Lady From Shanghai. That's the section I photocopied, and I gave up reading it after a few pages. Why read this when I can watch the film? I respect the effort, but what was the end goal here?