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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 Originally made for French TV, it was later released in theaters.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 »
hey this is pretty good. i was sort of afraid that i wouldnt like it. i was surprised. not because Orson Welles directed, and co-starred. he's my favorite director, and actor. it's just that, well, since it was made for French television i had my doubts. but it was a good movie and i enjoyed it and the shots were very cool and it had a sort of hypnotic power in its lazy simplicity. Orson Welles was truly the greatest director of all time. he was the first director to make the camera move like a ghost, and act like a ghost. the camera acts as a character in itself, but of course, it isnt there. some directors "over direct" by imitating Welle's style; one can over direct the same way one overacts. this movie reminded me of a Bergman piece. it moved slowly, thoughtfully, coolly. it's a cool movie to mellow out to.
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