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The Immortal Story (1968)

Histoire immortelle (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 18 September 1968
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 »



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


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

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18 September 1968 (USA)  »

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The Guinea Piece  »

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Did You Know?


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 Originally made for French TV, it was later released in theaters.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 »


Some of the Chinese signs are upside down or backwards. See more »


Mr. Charles Clay: I don't like pretense. I don't like prophecies. I like facts.
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Referenced in E! Mysteries & Scandals: Orson Welles (1999) See more »


Gnossienne No. 3
Written by Erik Satie
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Immortal poetry
12 December 2002 | by (Córdoba, Argentina) – See all my reviews

The more I watch this movie, the more I love it. It's a gift of a genius who proves how easily Literature and Cinema can be mixed in a powerful way. Although is short and barely commercial, is a gem, a masterpiece of colour, rythm, music and words. The lasts shots, are simply magic.

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