“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” - Orson Welles, Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker, Director of “Citizen Kane”
Today is the 81st anniversary of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Orson Welles’ famous broadcast of his radio play adaptation of H. G. Wells’ sci-fi epic “The War of the Worlds”. An orator known for his baritone voice, Welles caused mass hysteria with his impassioned delivery, with some listeners believing they were listening to a news broadcast and that aliens were truly invading Earth. Welles capitalized on his newfound notoriety, making his way into Hollywood as a multi-hyphenate writer, actor and director — Welles’ first film, “Citizen Kane”, was released in 1941. The film about a newspaper tycoon instantly drew comparisons to the legendary William Randolph Hearst, who famously banned ads for the film from his newspapers due to concerns about the film reflecting his life in a demeaning fashion. “Citizen Kane” is often ranked as one of the greatest films of all time, consistently topping numerous lists from both critics and publications.