Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Thinking Machine

Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1941

What the camera does, and does uniquely, is to photograph thought. That’s my profoundest conviction in this business of moviemaking: the camera is not so much a lie-detector as a Geiger counter of mental energy. It registers something only vaguely detectable to the naked eye, registers it clear and strong. Every time an actor thinks, it goes right on the film.’
- Orson Welles to Peter Bogdanovich from This Is Orson Welles


  1. You drew me in with that picture of Agnes Moorehead; she gave such a beautiful performance in that film.

  2. Hi Aubyn, yes she does give a great performance. When Welles said that about the camera capturing thought it was Moorehead who came to mind, in this and Kane too. It's made me want to watch it again. Really liked your Gatsby piece by the way.