Orson Welles and ‘V. I. P.’

July 26, 2018 Comments Off on Orson Welles and ‘V. I. P.’

A report on my recent Orson Welles archival research in Turin.

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LOST NOVEL CREDITED TO ORSON WELLES UNEARTHED IN TURIN

by Ray Kelly at Wellesnet

A previously unknown English-language novel credited to Orson Welles has been discovered in the archives of the National Museum of Cinema in Turin.

The bound hardcover typescript of V.I.P. ― mistakenly cataloged at one point by the museum as a treatment for the movie The V.I.P.’s  or V.I.P ― is an English version of Welles’ French novel Une Grosse Legume (A Big Shot), translated by Maurice Bessy and published by Gallimard Editions of Paris in 1953, according to Matthew Asprey Gear, author of At The End of the Street in the Shadow: Orson Welles and the City.

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