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A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the same door and walk down the same stairs: a shabby man, a cop, and, several times, the same dandy. The man in blackface hangs himself; the dandy continues to smile. A bell tolls, a grave beckons. In the dark, the dandy plays the piano. Is he Death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Orson Welles' first film is like listening to one of the early (emphasis on early, like pre-pubescent) compositions by Mozart- you know things can only go up from here. What Welles' decided to do before he reached the heights of fame as a theater actor/director and with his Mercury company, he tried his hand at making a film. According to the commentary on the DVD, it's an intentional spoof of Cocteau's Blood of a Poet, and Bunuel's first surreal efforts. In that sense it's actually very interesting, as it doesn't make sense plot-wise, but is evocative and spooky when just soaking in the images. There's Welles' himself with a mask of Death. There's a friend of Welles' as some odd character. Then a piano plays. Symbols seem to come and go as they please. Simply put, The Hearts of Age succeeds best at being an test of skills and technics/visual ideas more than a concise film with a carefully structured story as with Citizen Kane or The Trial. However, if you took it out of the context that it's directed by the future 'wunderkind bad-boy' behind some of America's most cherished and truncated artistic works, as just a short film by a college-aged chap it's not that bad (to put it another way, I've seen worse).


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