[Marching Song] is intensely vatic. . . . what a lot of people do not know is that Welles, for all of the (inaccurate) charges against him of cupidity and sloth, was a veritable crusader in the cause of equal rights. His civic-minded radio programmes reflect this dedication, as do his underappreciated newspaper columns. Welles even used his pulpit in print to chase down race-motivated murderers. The rediscovered Marching Song makes for an interesting reading experience. It is overlong – an irony given Welles’s penchant for cutting. (He sliced and diced Shakespeare like no one has, and he was good at it.) But it also has something of the dyadic approach of Kane: a ladling of fear, a coating of mystery, with proto-noir touches. Welles scholars will be drawn to those connections, but the thing is damn autonomous, and more clear-eyed than one could think the work of a boy could be.
3/30/20: Excerpt published on FilmInk.
3/30/20: The Gazette published author Todd Tarbox's latest op-ed discussing book, "All Is Not Quite Lost."