The Fountain of Youth (1958)

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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (TV) (Orson Welles, 1958) ***1/2
19 March 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Orson Welles' sole directorial foray into TV-land was filmed for, of all people, Desilu Productions; this episode was to have been the first of a proposed series but it was never actually transmitted and the show was unceremoniously cancelled! Consequently, it has become the rarest of Welles' completed works and I only happened across it via a battered print with occasional combing issues! The modest list of 'dramatis personae' required to tell the tale – of a scientist, with a crush on a much younger blonde femme fatale, who takes revenge on her and the playboy she deserts him for via the very anti-aging serum he had been away researching – ensures that no established stars were involved in the production (except for rotund character actor Billy {BEDLAM (1946)} House in a supporting role) but Welles himself provides intermittent bemused on-screen narration to flesh out the narrative gaps. Apart from being, on the one hand, an intriguing brush with Sci-Fi on Welles' part, the film is a highly-stylized, experimental piece of work in its own right – with brilliant uses of close-ups, shadowy lighting and even stills to enact the story in the most effective and economical manner possible. Indeed, based exclusively on the evidence here, Welles might well have revolutionized the TV medium (as he had previously done to both stage and screen) had he been given more of a chance...


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