by Irene Miracle

F. X. Feeney

F.X. Feeney is the author of Orson Welles: Power, Heart, and Soul, published in May 2015 by The Critical Press. As a filmmaker and critic based in Los Angeles his screen credits include: The Big Brass Ring and Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. He has previously published two book-length essays for Taschen: Roman Polanski and Michael Mann.


"As a critic for L.A. Weekly, I gave a thumping to George’s next feature, The Low Life (1995), which had a very basic problem — it lacked an obligatory scene. It jumped straight from its crisis to an epilogue, without a release of its tensions. Perhaps the original screenplay by John Enbom contained such a beat, and they ran out of shooting days. Years later — after we’d worked together — I realized George had more than likely defied the need for a traditional climax, as a rebellion against being 'predictable.' He tended to do that. Yet the picture’s anguished essence haunted me long after I expected it to fade. The character of the dim-witted boy who rents a room to self-entitled Ivy Leaguers who sneer at him has stayed alive in my heart to this day. This is a quality no reviewer can ever justly assess, especially fresh from a screening, with a deadline at 10 a.m.; George had that problem with critics a lot."

— F.X. Feeney, "Between the Georges", Los Angeles Review of Books