When CBS broadcast fictional reports that an invading army of Martians was slaughtering thousands in the streets of New York, listeners across the country panicked. “New York destroyed; it’s the end of the world,” the New York Times quoted (paywall) an Indianapolis woman screaming as she ran into a church. “You might as well go home to die. I just heard it on the radio.” Orson Welles incited this chaos 74 years ago, when he performed an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds over the air.
Woody Allen ’s “Midnight in Paris,” which features a cameo appearance by French first lady Carla Bruni , is the opening movie of the Cannes Film Festival , which starts on May 11, the event’s organizers said today.
Max Steiner, composer of the quintessential American film score for “Gone With the Wind,” was born Maximilian Raoul Steiner in 1888, in Vienna. One of his earliest memories was sitting on Emperor Franz Joseph’s lap.
Orson Welles , George C. Scott , Elizabeth Taylor and William Hurt have appeared in film adaptations. John Houseman and Aldous Huxley wrote one of the screenplays. Mexico, India and Hong Kong have produced their own versions.