The Fanto mss., 1940-1951, consist of correspondence, film and theater production materials, photographs, and clippings pertaining to the work of actor Orson Welles, 1915-1985, and George Fanto, 1911-2000. Fanto was a cinematographer who worked with Welles in Brazil in 1941 filming It's All True, and then later, in Europe, Othello. The majority of the materials in the collection are from the 1949-1950 period.
Most of the letters in the collection are from Orson Welles to George Fanto. There is also one letter each from Hilton Edwards, George Fanto, Micheal Mac Liammoir, and Rudolphe Mate.
Other materials in the collection include a partial script and shooting instructions for the film Othello, financial materials for Othello, a script for the play Time Runs, a partial script for a proposed film titled Twice Is Too Much, a playbill for the Unthinking Lobster and Time Runs, a synopsis of a proposed film titled Life Is a Song, and notes about golf and Ulysses. The photographs include a portrait of Welles, photographs taken during the filming of It's All True, photographs from the filming of Othello and a few photographs from one or more unidentified films.
See also the Guide to the Orson Welles Materials in the Lilly Library.
Collection size: 274 items