If you could have lunch with any movie icon, if you could ask them technical questions about filmmaking, gossip about the great stars, and even just chat about current events, would you choose Orson Welles? A new book gets you as close as possible to doing just that. Director Henry Jaglom lunched with Welles every week from 1978 to 1985, and tape recorded their conversations for the two last years of Welles' life. Film writer Peter Biskind edited the transcripts, and the product is an extremely personal portrait of Welles, who had gone from being Hollywood's greatest director to a pariah relegated to hosting celebrity roasts and voicing Paul Masson TV ads.
KPCC's John Rabe spoke with Biskind and Jaglom about the book called My Lunches with Orson.
Henry Jaglom, filmmaker
Peter Biskind, filmmaker
John Rabe, host of KPCC’s “Off-Ramp”