What’s in a Nose?
Stargayzing has posed this question before, both in reference to nasally challenged celebrities like Michael Jackson as well as my own unsuccessful attempts to procure a fake schnoz for around-the-house fun. I was happily surprised to find this letter from the great Orson Welles at the Museum of the Moving Image recently and to learn that the great filmmaker and I had exactly the same thing on our minds. Evidently Welles endeavored to get his hands on a new nose for his role as Clarence Darrow in Compulsion, the 1959 iteration of the famous Leopold and Loeb murder trial. I really love how the formality of Mr. Welles’ letter from Italy contrasts with playfulness of the subject matter and that the whole matter had to be handled on the down low. I do feel that you can sense Mr. Welles’ sense of humor poking through.