Allow me to echo ("An Echo, not a Voice") Dewey & Judith. Kael
was probably the first "serious" film critic that I read and I loved her writing and, usually, the films and directors she championed. Her influence over how I started looking at film is undoubtedly so entrenched that I don't really think about it anymore. Now I prefer reading Jonathan Rosenbaum
, Andrew Sarris
and Manny Farber
, but she is next in line. Except for one little thing (and I can't imagine that this wasn't underlying, at least in part, your inquiry)...
. When I read it in the mid-'70s, I was taken aback, disappointed and saddened to learn that Welles
was but one small piece of an inflated kitschy melodrama. I suppose that it having such a profound impact is a testament to her writing skill. Luckily I stuck with CITIZEN KANE
and her "research" has been subsequently discredited in large part.
Should you read Raising KANE
if you haven't already? Absolutely. Followed three-times-daily with reading one of Jonathan Rosenbaum
's earliest published essays, I Missed It At the Movies: Objections to "Raising KANE"
(1971)(reprinted, with new introductory remarks, in his Discovering Orson Welles
(2007)). Or, read an essay by that master of subtlety and good taste, Ken Russell
, at http://www.wellesnet.com/
writes like a Russell