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radio drama is hardly irrelevant to understanding orson's films --
and may even be quite essential in understanding today's films in
general.  welles' genius may have reigned in radio drama; war of
the worlds' alternation of banal music and frenzied radio announcer
is pure montage technique.  aside from kane, his films evidence
scant mastery of film montage, seemingly content, instead, to
break each scene down into a hallucination unto itself.
 
this may seem heresy, as regards orson, but it's no slight to be
a master of radio drama -- whose essential reliance on audience
*imagination* may have made it superior to stage or screen (!).
 
as to contemporary "product" -- go to some expendable title and
just sit through the whole thing eyes closed, asking yourself,
"Am I missing anything?"  Open your eyes at the end and the
preponderance of sound editors, mixers, sweeteners, etc. looks
like real overkill.
 
but, then, i looked into the list tonight after re-visioning a
text of mine on sound in film.  (cyberspace as a virtual
watercooler!)
 
ps  as to variant scripts in the welles collection, i don't
think there's even one for don quixote -- anywhere! -- ever!!
 
cheers!
 
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