Orson Welles recounts various stories from his life while drawing sketches of the events.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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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: Orson Welles
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Orson Welles and People (TV Movie 1956)
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Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
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An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio
The Stranger (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young
Black Magic (1949)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff
Comedy
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A woman has two lovers. When one man finds out about the other, he acts as a villain and chases after the protagonist.

Director: Orson Welles
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Certificate: M Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In 1912 West Africa, diamond tycoon Kramer hires penniless American fortune hunter Dan Rockland, who's posing as a geologist, but when a huge diamond is found, everyone wants to steal it.

Directors: Sidney Hayers, Orson Welles
Stars: George Segal, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles
The Circus (1928)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia
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    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.

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Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy
The Fountain of Youth (TV Short 1958)
Short | Romance
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A couple is conflicted when they are offered a chance at youth.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Marjorie Bennett, Madge Blake, Billy House
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Wonderful Storytelling from Welles
22 April 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955)

Orson Welles made a six-episode television series for the BBC, which basically has him playing storyteller. Through the six episodes we see him sitting in a chair where that terrific voice of his just speaks to the viewer as if you were sitting right next to him. The subject changed throughout the series but all the stories center around Welles' life and for the visuals of television we're given sketches that the legendary filmmaker drew.

You can check the individual episodes for more detailed reviews of those episodes. This here is more for the overall series, which I personally found to be quite excellent. Welles was a master director and actor but he was perhaps an even better storyteller. These six episodes run fifteen minutes each and each of them are wonderfully detailed with that terrific voice of Welles talking about the subjects and drawing your attention closer with each spoken word.

I was really shocked to see how wonderful this series was and especially episode five, which takes a look at the notorious The War of the Worlds radio broadcast. I've seen countless films and documentaries on the subject and there's just something wonderful here about getting to hear these stories from Welles. He tells a terrific story about John Barrymore's reaction to the alien invasion and Barrymore also appears in episode four with another terrific story.

If you're a fan of Welles then these six episodes are a must see. Each of them was highly entertaining and proves was a master storyteller Welles was.


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