Me and Orson Welles

Synopsis: In November 1937, high school student and aspiring thespian Richard Samuels takes a day trip into New York City. There, he meets and begins a casual friendship with Gretta Adler, their friendship based on a shared love and goal of a profession in the creative arts. But also on this trip, Richard stumbles across the Mercury Theatre and meets Orson Welles, who, based on an impromptu audition, offers Richard an acting job as Lucius in his modern retelling of Julius Caesar, which includes such stalwart Mercury Theatre players as Joseph Cotten and George Coulouris. Despite others with official roles as producer John Houseman, this production belongs to Welles, the unofficial/official dictator. In other words, whatever Welles wants, the cast and crew better deliver. These requests include everything, even those of a sexual nature. Welles does not believe in conventions and will do whatever he wants, which includes not having a fixed opening date, although the unofficial opening date is in on
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 26 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

In 1592 Shakespeare had already -

actor and playwright.

It is not known

how his career started.

However, we know that he was in 1594 -

joined a theater troupe,

called ...

Is there anyone who can remember?

I must not cry at once.

"The Lord Chamberlain's Men."

FRIDAY 5th November 1937

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts!

Read the latest!

Japanese tanks in Shanghai!

Read the latest!

Estimates melody. They play the

with great empathy.

What a sad, is not it?

- They can then set the pace up a bit.

No. I allude to Gershwin's death

, and everything else.

They do not like that I

sitting here without buying something.

I feel very good about the song.

Richard Rodgers. The one in the world

who can write like that.

They are like lullabies.

- And he shakes them out of the sleeve.

He was Gassner radio program.

- Listening to the kind?

Occasionally I think that I'm the

Only in New York, listening to it.

Can you imagine finding in

tune to "There's a Small Hotel"?

I would sacrifice everything to be able to write

something as beautiful as it.


What signs do you ...?

What's your name?

Gretta. I have not written

anything of significance yet.

I'm writing a play.

- A drama?

How funny. I'm an actor.

- What have you played in?

It has often been

play at school.

So you are so writer?

I wish I could convince

The New Yorker about it.

And then my parents.

And then myself.

No, the principal would only be

to convince The New Yorker.

I had a writing teacher.

Whatever I delivered,

he said:

Oh no.

I would so desire,

that there was one person who would ...

IAES anything I've written

and say:
"They're fabulous."

They are fabulous.

- Yes, yes.

I have more ...

- Richard.


Could this not be

a nice scene of a story?

Two people who meet

in this way. Quite simple.

What do you think?


Fine. See you.

See you.

So we're ready!

Let us turn it!

Find Orson!

Say, here are some young ballerinas.

Then he'll come.


Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

We send to you directly -

from the abandoned theater on

West 41st Street!

There is no set a release date.

- At least it will be in November.

Is this the best drum roll,

The Mercury Theatre can offer?

I might do it.

I might play a drum roll.

All right. And who are you?

Gene Krupa. And you?

- Seriously speaking, my name is Cinna.

I am Cinna the poet.

I live by Capitoleum.

Where are you going?

- For Caesar's funeral.

His name is Cinna!

I'm ready to ignite it!

- Wait for Orson!

How, boy.

Damn Stupid animals that you! What is

now? Is all of that company toward me?

Is it a conspiracy

to destroy my idea?

It is utterly inadequate.

The worst thing I've ever seen.

We just got printed 50,000.

- So bad is it now too.

Could you play on ukulele?

Mr. Welles, you hardly find one,

who plays ukulele better than me.

Fresh guy. Want to work for free?

Quiet! I am about to negotiate.

Who else is so in love with his own

damn voice as Jack Gielgud?

His droll interpretations

of Shakespeare. They are far from -

contemporary violence, passion

and bloodshed.

Have you heard my version of Hamlet?

- Yes, the Columbia Workshop.

What do you think about it?

Given that you were short

Hamlet down to two radio broadcasts -

was excellent.

Correct. , I was criticized for

omitting "To be or not."

But it was the speech

could best be sacrificed in the whole piece.

It tells us nothing new.

Can you sing?

So wait a little!

Very well, Sir Gielgud.

Sing something for me. Baffles me.

have you tasted corn flakes?

it's all corn flakes

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Robert Kaplow

Robert Kaplow (born c. 1954) is an American novelist and teacher whose coming-of-age novel was made into a film titled Me and Orson Welles. The story is about "youthful creative ambition" and has received positive reviews from The New York Times which described it as "nimble, likable and smart." Kaplow has written nine books and used to teach English language and film studies at Summit High School in New Jersey. more…

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