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With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film (1990)

A two-and-a-half hour documentary retrospective on the career of Orson Welles.

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A two-and-a-half hour documentary retrospective on the career of Orson Welles.

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5 February 1990 (USA)  »

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The wonder and joy that is Orson Welles
16 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the finest, if not the finest, documentary on Welles' career. What makes this stand out from the rest is the huge amount of interview footage that shows Welles to be good-natured, open, and incredibly funny. He has lots of great stories about his career (one which involves him attending a party for L.B. Mayer with a rabbit in his pocket - absolutely hilarious) and each one is a joy.

The documentary skips around his career a bit, breaking his career up not chronologically but more by sections of films he directed and films he appeared in. It will make you want to go out and see them all again, and even hunt up the rare ones like "The Immortal Story".

Also included are good interviews with Charleton Heston, Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau & John Huston. By the way, did you know that Welles turned down a role in "Caligula"? There are more juicy tidbits to be heard.

I don't believe that this title is available on video in this country (I may be wrong), but it does play from time to time on television. Seek it out!


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