MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,778 this week

The Immortal Story (1968)
"Histoire immortelle" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 September 1968 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,273 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 9 critic

The Portuguese colony of Macao in the 19th century. Mr. Clay is a very rich merchant and the subject of town gossip. He has spent many years in China and is now quite old. He likes his ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2324 titles
created 05 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 21 Jul 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 268 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Immortal Story (TV Movie 1968)

The Immortal Story (TV Movie 1968) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Immortal Story.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford
The Trial (1962)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Elsa Martinelli
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave
Bay of Angels (1963)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos, Jean meets Jackie. Their love affair will follow their luck at the roulette.

Director: Jacques Demy
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers
London (1971)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Five comedy vignettes: 1) Churchill, 2) Swinging London, 3) Tailors, 4) Stately Homes, 5) Tailors.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden
The Fountain of Youth (TV Short 1958)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Marjorie Bennett, Madge Blake, Billy House
Othello (1952)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The general Othello is manipulated into thinking his new wife has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers, when in reality it's all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote
Macbeth (1948)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that ... See full summary »

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Navy engineer, returning to the U.S. with his wife from a conference, finds himself pursued by Nazi agents, who are out to kill him. Without a word to his wife, he flees the hotel the ... See full summary »

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio
Certificate: M Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Comedy adventure based on a Jules Verne novel about the ups and downs of jewel thieves in the wilds of Africa circa 1900. George Segal is the appealing hero-heel and Ursula Andress is ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Hayers, Orson Welles
Stars: George Segal, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Charles Gray, Oja Kodar, Irina Maleeva
The Deep (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Michael Bryant, Oja Kodar, Laurence Harvey
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Virginie Ducrot
...
Mr. Charles Clay
Roger Coggio ...
Elishama Levinsky
Norman Eshley ...
Paul, the sailor
Edit

Storyline

The Portuguese colony of Macao in the 19th century. Mr. Clay is a very rich merchant and the subject of town gossip. He has spent many years in China and is now quite old. He likes his clerk Levinsky to read the company's accounts to him at night for relaxation. Tonight Mr. Clay recounts a true story he heard years before about a rich man who paid a poor sailor 5 guineas to father a child with his beautiful young wife. Levinsky says that's a popular old sailor's legend and not true. Mr. Clay has no heir for his fortune and no wife either. He resolves to make the story true... Levinsky approaches Virginie, another clerk's mistress, and strikes a bargain for 300 guineas. Now to find the sailor... Written by David Woodfield

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guinea Piece  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (alternate)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Orson Welles originally planned for this film to be made as part of an anthology of adaptations of stories by Karen Blixen. Originally made for French TV, it was later released in theaters. This movie is available on DVD from The Criterion Collection. See more »

Quotes

Elishama Levinsky: [holding shell to ear] I have heard it before... long ago... but where?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brunnen (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Gnossienne No.1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Jean-Jacques Barbier (piano) and Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Alas, Welles Can Be Boring
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is hardly a disaster, and certainly the themes are Wellesian. It's just not terribly interesting or believable. Old Orson Welles is a rich old merchant in Macao who believes that all the stories he hears should be factual. Accordingly, he is dismayed when an old sailor's tale he was told -- in which a sailor is hired by an aging merchant to impregnate his much younger wife -- is revealed to be false. So old Mr. Welles sets out to act out the story by finding a young woman to play the wife and hire a sailor, so that, when future sailors tell the story, they will be narrating a true tale.

In addition to this plot, there are a number of underdeveloped plot points. The sailor Orson finds was just rescued from a year lost on a desert island. The lady Orson finds used to live in Orson's house, back in the days when she had a rich father. None of them really add anything to our understanding of the characters. In the end, we have a beautifully shot but glacially paced film where characters make long pointless speeches, Jeanne Moreau gets pleasantly naked, and the film ends with a very literary irony that probably worked fine in the source novel, but does not impress in this film. In other words, this is a pretty typical European art film of the 60s, right down to the plot that could, without much alteration, be remade as a porn film. If you like these kind of movies, this film will be a nice surprise. If you are like me, and tend to find these sorts of things pretentious and dull, go watch Touch of Evil instead.


16 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Satie Music in THE IMMORTAL STORY avatar230
TCM's Brief Synopsis Is Wrong bwflorida
Where to watch this? lostoverthere
Discuss The Immortal Story (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?