Orson Welles nearly had a talk show, once.

And this is the first two minutes of the unsold pilot:

What’s impressive is how lively and cinematic it feels, with the camera truly capturing an audience-level point of view; given how much Welles contributed to the reinvention of film, it’s incredible to imagine what he would have done to television had he had a shot.

Also worth watching — a eerily re-edited snippet of Welles interviewing Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Lesson learned: Everything is more dramatic when Orson Welles says it.

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