5.6/10
991
13 user 4 critic

The Hearts of Age (1934)

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who ... See full summary »

Writer:

Orson Welles
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 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
Macbeth (1948)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy
It's All True (1943)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's All True is an unfinished Orson Welles feature film comprising three stories about Latin America. "My Friend Bonito" was supervised by Welles and directed by Norman Foster in Mexico in... See full summary »

Directors: Orson Welles, Norman Foster
The Immortal Story (TV Movie 1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the Portuguese town of Macao, a wealthy trader named Charles Clay hires two people to recreate a story of a sailor who is paid to impregnate a man's wife.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Roger Coggio
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Linda Batista, Emilinha Borba, Balduina de Souza
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
F for Fake (1973)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach
Twelfth Night (1933)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Susan Fox, John Barrymore
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Death
Virginia Nicolson Virginia Nicolson ... Old woman / Keystone Kop (as Virginia Nicholson)
William Vance William Vance ... Indian in blanket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgerton Paul Edgerton Paul ... Bell-ringer in blackface (as Paul Edgerton)
Edit

Storyline

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the same door and walk down the same stairs: a shabby man, a cop, and, several times, the same dandy. The man in blackface hangs himself; the dandy continues to smile. A bell tolls, a grave beckons. In the dark, the dandy plays the piano. Is he Death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazones del tiempo See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodstock, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Orson Welles's first film. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Hearts of Age (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
We've all got to start somewhere!
3 April 2007 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

At the tender young age of 19, we shouldn't judge Orson Welles too harshly. Afterall, this is the first film of one of cinema's greatest directors, and the precursor to undeniably one of the greatest movies of all time ('Citizen Kane' would be released 7 years later to extraordinary critical acclaim). 'The Hearts of Age,' an eight minute short, was co-directed by Welles with William Vance (whose only other film credit is a 1932 adaptation of 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and also stars Welles' first wife, Virginia Nicholson.

This silent film, essentially a string of images loosely tied together, was almost certainly inspired by surrealistic classics such as Luis Buñuel's 'Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog, 1929)' and 'L' Âge d'or (The Golden Age, 1930),' and Jean Cocteau's 'Le Sang d'un poète (The Blood of a Poet, 1930).' Whether Welles and Vance where attempting to imitate this surrealism, or merely to satirize it, I was unable to deduce, though the final effect is adequately frightening and disconcerting.

For such a film, comprised of split-second flashes of seemingly random objects, it is difficult to judge performances. However, I can safely assert that Welles' is the standout, even if his performance is far from spectacular. Despite his face being obscured by his "Death" mask, Welles unquestionably radiates at least a small portion of the charisma that would lead him to stardom later in life; his confident – almost arrogant – swagger is unmistakable.

If somebody other than Orson Welles had created this film, would we be taking any notice of it? Probably not. However, the very fact that that it is the debut directorial effort of one of the twentieth century's most respected entertainers makes it a fascinating historical curiosity, and, therefore, must-see viewing. Would I declare that 'The Hearts of Age' so poignantly predicts greater things for this young Mr. Welles? Maybe... but probably not.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed