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

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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
The Fountain of Youth (TV Short 1958)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A couple is conflicted when they are offered a chance at youth.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Marjorie Bennett, Madge Blake, Billy House
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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
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
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Virginia Nicolson, Edgar Barrier
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »

Directors: David Eady, George More O'Ferrall, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars
The Immortal Story (TV Movie 1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Roger Coggio
Orson Welles and People (TV Movie 1956)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles
Macbeth (1948)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
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It's All True (1993)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.

Directors: Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira, Jeronimo André De Souza, Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Linda Batista, Emilinha Borba, Balduina de Souza
Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie 1955)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A play-within-play of Moby Dick by Orson Welles.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Gordon Jackson, Christopher Lee, Patrick McGoohan
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Orson Welles recounts various stories from his life while drawing sketches of the events.

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Directed by Huw Wheldon
3 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Orson Welles' Sketchbook was directed by Huw Wheldon, 'producer' being 1950s BBC language for producer-director. There is a story that during the filming of one episode Orson ran out of ink and threw down his pen in irritation. By the time Wheldon had reached the set Orson has disappeared, telling a crew member that he was going to Paris. It turned out to be the case. Nevertheless, the two men became friends. Wheldon later conducted a celebrated interview with Welles on the legendary BBC arts programme 'Monitor'. Welles tried to persuade Wheldon to be his European manager. Wheldon was concerned both that he would never be paid and that Orson would have 'eaten him up'. Wheldon went on to become the Managing Director of BBC TV, and knighted for his services to broadcasting. He died in the same year as Welles, 1986. On his death the sketches Welles had done for the show were found among Wheldon's papers, a gift from the one man to the other.

Welles was an accomplished artist, and went to Ireland at the age of 16 in order to become a painter, not an actor.


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