so sorry those losers at half.com have not figured out how to get mail to the newly explosive england, it's a great place to find stuff that other sites jab you for. THE GOTTI TAPES, i almost broke down and paid the 40 bucks for this baby from a bookseller, then i found it for $1.25 at half.com. also found the hard to find lilian ross book, PICTURE, for $1.75. and 100 other such treasures.
1 citizen welles, frank brady
2 this is OW, the book, and the audio tapes
3 despite the system, clinton heylin
4 the magic world of OW, james naremore
5 OW joseph mcbride
6 film art, david bordwell - it's not about welles, it's about watching films, but has the most bitching analysis ever written on kane, and on a bunch of other great films, and it will teach you a new way to enjoy films. bordwell is my film analysis guru. he has another bitching book called inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema the really kicks.
7 the commentary track on criterion's othello, by myron meisel, it's fabulous.
8 the citizen kane book by harlan lebo
9 OW by bret wood
10 gary graver's documentary on welles
11 stories from a life in films with OW, a documentary
12 the welles segment of the RKO STORY, a documentary
13 OW, shakespeare, and popular culture, michael andregg
i think these items are the pinnacle of any welles collection.
and i'm sure i'm forgetting 3 or 4 other items important items.
i don't care for higham, kael, or robert carringer. IMHO, kael and higham are big fat liars, and carringer is always looking for any one he can give credit to besides welles. according to carringer, kane was made by every one that worked on it, except welles. he would credit an usher at a movie theater for the kane screenplay, if he could find the name of an usher in a theater in 1940. the calow and thomson books i thought were poor, but a lot of people didn't think so.