three anniversaries, three links

1) “One Hundred Years of Orson Welles

It’s a good article, and it refutes some of the most persistent “truths” about Welles.

By the way, in the article’s division of Welles fans into “partisan” and “adversarial” groups, I am fully in the former camp. Welles’ later works are, in some cases, magnificent films, fully the equal of Kane.

You can read my Orson Welles reviews (written when I realized that I had seen all of his films in theaters, the way they were meant to be seen, which is very unusual) here.

2) Many people in the Fast & Furious “family” were posting to social media today, the second anniversary of the death of Paul Walker, who had played Brian O’Connor in the franchise since the first movie.

I sympathize. Those sorts of anniversaries can be rough. Last summer, the first anniversary of my mother’s death, was like being buried under a ton of bricks.

But they can take some solace in the fact that in the most recent movie, where they had to bid farewell to both Paul and Brian (the actor died in the middle of filming), the whole thing was handled beautifully.

3) On this day, in 1887, Beeton’s Christmas Annual published a little something called A Study in Scarlet, and, so, we are lucky enough to live in a world with Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

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