Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

Flawed Giant

Orson Welles, Volume 3: One-Man Band, by Simon Callow (Viking, 496 pp., $40)

The beard and the baritone helped.

In 1981, in one of his umpteen efforts to pick up a paycheck and to remain a force on screen, Orson Welles appeared in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow — a “documentary” that feebly endeavors to establish the veracity of various prognostications of Nostradamus. The project is preposterous, but it is made no more so by the presence of Welles, who, at the age of 65, possessed something of the gravity of Winston Churchill and the dimensions of Santa Claus. Nursing a cigar, Welles introduces his subject with great panache. “We’re going to look at

Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

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