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Oeuvre: Welles: The Immortal Story

Oeuvre: Welles: The Immortal Story

Alex Peterson October 16, 2014 0

The immortal story of The Immortal Story concerns an archetypal sailor approached by an archetypal wealthy old man who offers him money to spend one night with an archetypal beautiful woman the old man

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Oeuvre: Welles: Chimes at Midnight

Oeuvre: Welles: Chimes at Midnight

Jesse Cataldo October 9, 2014 0

The adaptation of Shakespeare to film is often a solemn affair, the original text handled with careful kid gloves, with the end result that most cinematic versions of the plays, even the comedies, end

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Trial

Oeuvre: Welles: The Trial

Drew Hunt October 2, 2014 0

In a 1962 interview with the BBC, Orson Welles defended his then-maligned adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial by saying, “Say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I ever made.”

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Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Pat Padua September 25, 2014 0

“Mike, do you realize, this is the very first time we’ve been together in my country?” “Do you realize I haven’t kissed you in over an hour?” This seemingly trivial exchange cues an explosion

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Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Oeuvre: Welles: Mr. Arkadin

Jesse Cataldo September 18, 2014 0

A serial dissembler and renowned bullshit artist, Orson Welles remains an expansively ambiguous figure, his gift for self promotion tending to shift focus depending on whichever fiction – cinematic or otherwise – he was

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Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Oeuvre: Welles: Othello

Pat Padua September 11, 2014 0

Director Werner Herzog recently told a Brooklyn audience that “facts do not constitute the truth.” His statement suggests a healthy skepticism of mass media, but what of its corollary: does fiction ever show us

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Oeuvre: Welles: Macbeth

Oeuvre: Welles: Macbeth

Jake Cole September 4, 2014 0

In the context of Orson Welles’ career, Macbeth is hardly as surprising or unorthodox as contemporary reviews received it. Welles’ Mercury days were typified by heavily restructured, stylistically idiosyncratic Shakespeare productions, most notably his

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Lady from Shanghai

Oeuvre: Welles: The Lady from Shanghai

Drew Hunt August 28, 2014 0

Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, his feverish film noir and “the weirdest great movie ever made” according to Dave Kehr, is partly, like so much of Welles’s work, a story of compromise. The

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Stranger

Oeuvre: Welles: The Stranger

Alex Peterson August 14, 2014 0

Fans of Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil who have not seen Orson Welles’ lesser known (if not necessarily lesser) works will not be surprised that, even as a studio hired gun, he was

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons

Oeuvre: Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons

Jake Cole August 7, 2014 0

The Magnificent Ambersons will forever exist as a shade of itself, haunted by the specter of its own butchered potential. By now the story surrounding the film is more well-known than the film itself:

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