Mr. Welles Explains It All
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Orson Welles meets with the press on the day after his infamous War of the Worlds radio play. I have only seen shorter snippets of this interview before. Fascinating.
Well, obviously my plans for making October "Orson Welles Month" fizzled out. What can I say? Things happened. But I couldn't let the month go by--and particularly this day--without marking the 74th anniversary of the War of the Worlds broadcast.
Strange though that this was probably the year I've been least interested in revisiting the original radio broadcast. "Superstorm" Sandy, the havoc it created in the New York/New Jersey area, and the continuing coverage of the aftermath presented a real life disaster in the same geographical area where Orson Welles' set his adaptation of H.G. Wells' original novel. I've been held enrapt by the real life events in a way that has made listening to a fictitious one pretty superfluous. Sections of New Jersey have been wiped out, only this time by nature and not by Martian machines.
Nevertheless, Halloween goes on and I'm not about to break the tradition. Here's the complete radio drama from 1938 if you wish to listen.