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Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (1995)

Orson Welles' archives of unfinished/never released movies and the last years of his life from the perspective of Oja Kodar (life and artistic partner Of Orson Welles in his last years). ... See full summary »

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... Herself (segment "Salute to Orson Welles") (archive footage)
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Algy in 'Stately Homes' segment, Presenter in 'One-Man Band' segment
... (segment "The deep") (archive footage)
... Interviewer in 'Stately Homes' segment (voice)
... (segment "Taylor's shop" / segment "The merchant of Venice") (archive footage)
... (segment "The deep") (archive footage)
François Marthouret ... Narrator (french version) / Récitant (voice)
... (segment "The Deep") (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
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Orson Welles' archives of unfinished/never released movies and the last years of his life from the perspective of Oja Kodar (life and artistic partner Of Orson Welles in his last years). She discovers with the viewer many of the projects that Orson never completed or short movies that he never released : The Magic Show, Swinging London (and its segment the one man band that gives its title to the documentary), Vienna, The Merchant of Venice, Moby Dick, The Deep, The other Side of the Wind, The Dreamers. Oja returns to Orson's abandoned house in Orvilliers (France) where she discovers more of his writings during the preparation of the Moby Dick project. Despite the destruction of squatters, Orson's work still remains after all these years; despite the discouragement of Hollywood producers and of financial problems, the talent of Welles still remains clearly visible in this unfinished movies. Written by Cyril Aubaud (cyril_aubaud@yahoo.fr)

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8 October 1995 (France)  »

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Orson Welles - l'homme orchestre  »

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"The One Man Band" was originally the title that Orson Welles was going to use for an autobiographical film featuring his unfinished work from the '70s and '80s. See more »

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snippets of greatness
30 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

A hugely enjoyable look at the films that were never completed by Hollywood's infant terrible, Orson Welles - while he was appearing in second-rate films (or taking tiny cameos in good films) he was chasing his dreams of making films like Moby Dick, The Merchant of Venice, and others.

Here we see clips of what is left and see how the failed projects developed, grew, and ran out of money. We also see surprisingly funny stuff such as the One-Man Band segment, alongside more serious stuff like The Other Side of the Wind.

As well as his lost work, this film gives an opportunity to bring sundry TV appearances together - Orson with the Muppets, doing magic tricks and recitations, and so on.


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