Synopsis: RKO 281 is a 1999 American historical drama film directed by Benjamin Ross and starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Liam Cunningham. The film depicts the troubled production behind the 1941 film Citizen Kane. The film's title is a reference to the original production number of Citizen Kane.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Year:
1999
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A rehearsal room interview with John Houseman, who is in his 30's,

thin-lipped and prim:

HOUSEMAN:

Orson barreled in and took over. Orson's a real

barreler.

Images of Welles directing his famous "Fascist JULIUS CAESAR" and

"Voodoo MACBETH" productions: auditions; rehearsals; perfecting a

sword-fight; rejecting classical costume sketches for JULIUS CAESAR;

supervising set construction; performing Brutus in the Albert Speer-

like Nuremberg rally lighting of JULIUS CAESAR. As we hear:

NEWSREEL VOICE:

Like Hannibal over the Alps, the Boy Genius invaded

the Great White Way. He stunned the sedate elite of

New York theatre with production after production.

From MACBETH with an entirely colored cast to a

Mussolini-inspired JULIUS CAESAR!

More images of New York, Welles, Houseman and radio: Welles directing a

radio play with sweeping energy; supervising the elaborate sound

effects; editing the script; at odds with Houseman. As we hear:

NEWSREEL VOICE:

Though he wowed the critics with his spectaculars

the ticket sales left something to be desired. So,

after founding the Mercury Players with Houseman,

young Mr. Welles quickly set his sights on the

airwaves. He quickly became the sonorous -' voice of

"The Shadow." ''

Newsreel footage of Welles at a standing radio microphone;

WELLES:

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The

Shadow knows. . .

Welles laughs his sinister Shadow laugh and we go to more images of

radio and the dynamic Welles performing and directing as we hear:

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John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. more…

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