Woodstock Celebrates Life, Triumphs Of Orson Welles

May 5, 2015

The city of Woodstock is celebrating the life and achievements of the late movie industry giant Orson Welles. 

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The community is holding a festival celebrating Welles’ work in film. Film screenings and panel discussions are on the schedule of the Orson Welles Centennial Festival.

Welles was born 100 years ago in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He moved to Woodstock when he was 11 years old.

Welles said he didn’t like to talk about his movies.

“A lot of actors and directors like to run their movies,” Welles said in a 1974 interview on British television. “You know, their idea of a happy night at home is to turn on the projector and see one of their pictures again.  I can’t think of anything more horrifying because you can’t change it.  What can you do about it?  There it is, forever…”

Welles' movie "Citizen Kane" will be screened in Woodstock on Wednesday, which would have been his 100th birthday. Critics regard it as one of the best films of all time.