Welles on the march: Rediscovering ‘Marching Song’ play

A review of the book Marching Song: A Play by Orson Welles with Roger Hill (edited by Todd Tarbox) at Wellesnet. It begins: Like a few other American giants — Mark Twain and Duke Ellington come to mind — Orson Welles left behind vast archives of unreleased work in varying states of completion. He's been… Continue reading Welles on the march: Rediscovering ‘Marching Song’ play

At Sea, In Port, Up the River: Orson Welles’s Conrad Adaptations

Conrad was more than a mere influence. He was also a direct source of story material. Welles considered himself “made for Conrad” and frequently returned to Conrad’s original stories. Adaptation often functioned as Welles’s most intensive process of reading – honouring, personalising, and arguing with – his favourite books. He directed Heart of Darkness twice… Continue reading At Sea, In Port, Up the River: Orson Welles’s Conrad Adaptations

Moseby Confidential: an extract, reviews, and podcast appearances

An extract Read an extract from Moseby Confidential: Arthur Penn’s Night Moves and the Rise of Neo-Noir at Bright Lights Film Journal: The Birth of Night Moves: Alan Sharp on the Edge of America Reviews Tony Williams at Film International Jonathan Kirshner at Midcentury Cinema Andrew Nette at Pulp Curry Don Herron at Up and… Continue reading Moseby Confidential: an extract, reviews, and podcast appearances

Orson Welles, ‘V. I. P.’, and other discoveries in Turin

Two Wellesnet reports on my recent Orson Welles archival research in Turin. VIVA ITALIA! – REPORT ON ARCHIVAL DISCOVERIES IN TURIN by Matthew Asprey Gear A few weeks ago I visited Italy's Museo Nazionale Del Cinema in Turin on a research project under the sponsorship of the Ernest Hemingway Society. While there I not only… Continue reading Orson Welles, ‘V. I. P.’, and other discoveries in Turin

Appearance: John Updike Society in Belgrade

On June 4 I presented a paper “Mustered Opinions: John Updike’s Non- Fiction Collections” at the Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade in Serbia. The abstract: John Updike was one of the most wide-ranging and conscientious book reviewers in the history of American publishing. For half a… Continue reading Appearance: John Updike Society in Belgrade

Recent Publications & Appearances

EVAN HUNTER'S JUNGLE KIDS and AN INTERVIEW WITH FLOYD SALAS Two contributions to a beautifully illustrated book edited by Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre called Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 (Oakland: PM Press, 2017).  The first is a long essay on Evan Hunter's contributions… Continue reading Recent Publications & Appearances

At the End of the Street in the Shadow: Review by Film International

Tony William's long review of At the End of the Street in the Shadow: Orson Welles and the City, appeared in Film International (vol. 14, no. 2). He writes: Amazingly, the author has not only brought a new positive slant to those frequent academic cityscape studies that now flood the critical landscape, but has also… Continue reading At the End of the Street in the Shadow: Review by Film International