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Bullfighting
22 April 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955)

Season 1 Episode 6: Bullfighting

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.

Welles starts off talking how he was once a bullfighter in training and then we hear various stories about the sport. We hear about a former bull that was given to a child as a gift. We hear about various venues across the globe. Then we also learn about the actual kill of the bull and how dangerous they are. I'm sure this episode won't go over as well today as it did when it was first released but it's still an interesting piece thanks to Welles and that wonderful storytelling ability. I'd argue this is probably the weakest of the six episodes but it's still very much entertaining and worth watching by fans.

Episode: A-


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