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Celebrate Orson Welles’ 100th Birthday with F.X. Feeney and The Critical Press

POSTED BY doug ON May 6, 2015

Guest post by Tom Elrod, Publisher at The Critical Press, @criticalpress

Today marks the 100th birthday of Orson Welles, the visionary filmmaker behind Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, Chimes at Midnight, and many more. The Critical Press is proud to be offering for sale a new biography and study of Welles and his work, Orson Welles: Power, Heart, and Soul.

Orson Welles at work. F.X. Feeney's new book, "Orson Welles: Power, Heart, and Soul" is available now.

Watch the book’s author F.X. Feeney give a special birthday message to Welles:


Feeney will be appearing this weekend in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque introducing their series of Welles screenings celebrating the centenary. The book will be available for sale at the theater and Feeney will be signing copies. The full series includes gems like The Lady from Shanghai, underseen classics like Chimes at Midnight, and enduring masterpieces like Citizen Kane. All screenings will take place at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. Check out their full calendar for a complete listing of screening times.

If you want even more Orson Welles, you can read an excerpt from Feeney’s book at F.X. Feeney is also sharing exciting anecdotes, tidbits, and photos related to Welles on his Facebook page this week.

The book itself is available for sale in hardcover and ebook formats from The Critical Press’ website, as well as on and other major retailers. Be sure to follow The Critical Press on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on our books covering classic and contemporary film.

We hope you’ll be able to spend some this week reading about Welles or, better yet, watching and re-watching some of his films.

This post was originally published on Critical Press’s website on May 6, 2015. 

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Book vs Movie: The Longest Ride

POSTED BY doug ON April 22, 2015

By Paxton Kelly, @PaxtonKelly3 Rarely am I the type of person who strongly favors books over film adaptations and vice versa. I’m one of the fortunate souls who can separate an adapted film from the book it’s based off and not go into shock when the storylines don’t match up precisely. While the character names and […]

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