Movie : RKO 281
Director: Benjamin Ross
Actors: 1999, Adrian Schiller, Anastasia Hille, Angus Wright, Brenda Blethyn, Briony Glassco, Cyril Shaps, David Suchet, Fiona Shaw, Gareth Marks, James Cromwell, Jay Benedict, John Malkovich, Joseph Long, Kerry Shale, Liam Cunningham, Liev Schreiber, Louis Hammond, Lucy Cohu, Melanie Griffith, Michael Cronin, Neil Conrich, Olivier Pierre, Paul Birchard, Roger Allam, Roger Rose, Rolf Saxon, Ron Berglas, Roy Scheider, Simeon Andrews, Tim Woodward, Toby Whithouse, Tusse Silberg, William Armstrong
Countries: USA UK
Runtime: 83 mins
Released: November 20, 1999
RKO 281: Coming to Hollywood as a celebrated boy genius featuring a spectacular career arc in New York including his “War of the Worlds” radio hoax, Orson Welles is stymied on the subject for his first film. After a dinner party at Hearst Castle, during which he has a verbal altercation with Hearst, Welles decides to do a movie about Hearst. It takes him some time to convince co-writer Herman Mankiewicz and the studio, but Welles eventually gets the script and the green light, keeping the subject very hush-hush with the press. When a rough cut is screened, Hearst gets wind of the movie’s theme and begins a campaign to see that it is not only never publicly screened, but destroyed.
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