A servant escorts a man and two women into a sparsely-furnished room, and it’s understood that they’ll be staying indefinitely. These three people don’t know each other, and don’t want to get to know each other, but circumstances require some acquaintance. Garcin is an intellectual who fancies himself a bold revolutionary, but he’s really a coward and a selfish hypocrite. Estelle enjoys manipulating men sexually, even to the point of destroying them utterly. Inez is a neurotic lesbian.
Garcin, Inez and Estelle quickly rumble that all three of them are dead, and that now they are in Hell. And this room is no waiting room: Garcin, Inez and Estelle have been sentenced to eternal damnation in the form of being confined to this room, forced to keep each other’s company for all eternity. The most famous line in ‘No Exit’, as rendered in most English translations, is the prisoners’ final realisation: ‘Hell is other people!’ —IMDb
The prodigy son of an inventor and a musician, Welles was well-versed in literature at an early age, particularly Shakespeare, and, through the unusual circumstances of his life (both of his parents died by the time he was 12, leaving him with an inheritance and not many family obligations), he found himself free to indulge his numerous interests, which included the theater. He was educated in private schools and traveled the world. He found it tougher to get onto the Broadway stage, and get a job with Katharine Cornell. He later became associated with John Houseman, and, together, the two of them set the New York theater afire during the 1930s with their work for the Federal Theatre Project, which led to the founding of the Mercury Theater. The Mercury Players later graduated to radio, and their 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast made history when thousands of listeners mistakenly believed aliens had landed on Earth. In 1940, Hollywood beckoned, and Welles and company went west to… read more