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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange ... See full summary »

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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case. He found the manor deserted and decayed. In Dublin, a real estate broker told him the mother and daughter had died years ago. Welles, sufficiently spooked, drops the man off at his home, and speeds on by when two other stranded women wave for a ride. Written by Steven Dhuey

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Orson Welles' Ghost Story  »

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"Glennascaul" is Irish for "Glen of the Shadows." See more »

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The Short Woman: Well!
The Tall Woman: Of all the disobliging...!
The Short Woman: Did you see *who* that was?
The Tall Woman: Yes... but I don't believe it.
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Mock Turtles
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Music by Wally Stott (i.e. Angela Morley)
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An Orson Welles finger-exercise and quite a good one, as well
15 November 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short, nominated for an Academy Award, was adapted from a ghost story Welles once heard and was filmed during a financially-enforced sabbatical during the filming of Othello. It is remarkably moody and quite creepily atmospheric. It is essentially a finger-exercise for Welles, but it is a comment on Welles (and, sadly, on other directors) that his finger-exercises are more interesting and worthwhile than some director's magnum opus. Glad to see it's available. Recommended.


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