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The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)

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In one of his final appearances, Orson Welles reads a moving passage from a diary written by Charles Lindberg, who wrote a lovely message to comfort a dying friend. Sitting behind a ... See full summary »

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In one of his final appearances, Orson Welles reads a moving passage from a diary written by Charles Lindberg, who wrote a lovely message to comfort a dying friend. Sitting behind a typewriter, looking quite frail but still with a great presence, Orson provides a positive and emotional reading using one of his many talents: his deep voice. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Orson Welles: [to someone off screen] Don't cry, please.
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Orson Welles: There are never many, never enough of them, but there are men born into the world with a gaze fixed on the widest possible horizon. Men who can see without strain beyond the most distant horizon into that unconquered country we call the future.
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Touching Short from Welles
5 May 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)

*** (out of 4)

Orson Welles wrote, produced, directed and stars in this three-minute short film, which was probably never meant to be publicly viewed but after his death a lot of his material started to be released. In this three-minute short, Welles sits in his chair behind his typewriter where he sends a message out to his dying friend Bill Cronshaw. In the short, Welles reads a passage from the journal of Charles Lindbergh.

If you're a fan of Welles then you're certainly going to want to check this short out. Yes, there's nothing technically brilliant here and there's certainly nothing ground-breaking but this is a pretty entertaining film. Welles always looked terrific on the screen and just his eyes could draw you into whatever it was that he was doing. Here, he simply reads but you can just feel the energy and passion in that great voice of his. The film is short but certainly touching.


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