Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Night America Trembled
As I'm sure everyone knows, this October 30th marks the 72nd anniversary of Orsen Welles's radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. The screenplay was written by Howard Koch, who went on to write the screenplay for Casablanca. But the genius of it was all Orsen's. If you haven't experienced it, I highly recommend listening to a recording. If you have heard it, but want to know more, there are a few documentaries about it, most of them on youtube and the like. "The Night America Trembled" from 1958 includes some great dramatizations and was what originally inspired me to do an illustration on the subject, so I recommend it as a start. Happy Halloween, and as HG Wells would say, Beware of germs, they may wipe out your species.