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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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Vassili Silovic, Oja Kodar (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Oja Kodar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Bergman ... Herself (segment "Salute to Orson Welles") (archive footage)
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Algy in 'Stately Homes' segment, Presenter in 'One-Man Band' segment
Michael Bryant ... (segment "The deep") (archive footage)
Graeme Garden ... Interviewer in 'Stately Homes' segment (voice)
Charles Gray ... (segment "Taylor's shop" / segment "The merchant of Venice") (archive footage)
Laurence Harvey ... (segment "The deep") (archive footage)
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Narrator (french version) / Récitant (voice)
Jeanne Moreau ... (segment "The Deep") (archive footage)
Orson Welles ... 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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Germany | France | Switzerland

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English | German

Release Date:

8 October 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Orson Welles - l'homme orchestre See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc Criterion Collection DVD for F for Fake (1973), released in 2005. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two version of this documentary: a German version released in 1996 and an american version narrated by Peter Bogdanovich released in the US on showtime in 2003. There are a couple of scenes in the German version not included in the US version. There are a couple of scenes in the US version from the Other side of the Wind, Don Quixote, and Filming Othello not included in the German version. See more »

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Very good look at Welles the man, his relationship with Hollywood and unfinished projects
13 December 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a loving film essay on Orson Welles and his unfinished films. Its an interesting look at the man who was just trying to make the films he wanted to on his own terms. Made with the assistance of Welles' longtime companion Oja Kodar this film lets us see a number of his unrealized projects for the first time. Its a treat for anyone who has been interested in Orson Welles and heard stories of these lost treasures; or for any one curious to what end he was putting the money got from his numerous film and television roles. While I'm not sure what I would have thought of some of the films (The Dreamers for example) I find that I'm very interested in where he was going with other (his Moby Dick, which consisted of him simply reciting passages from the book is an interesting idea). I especially loved some of the short humorous bits that Welles put together, his Churchill film is very funny, as his is bit with two English tailors. As a person who has been very critical of Welles of late, due in large part to extreme disillusionment with his Don Quixote (which I found to be a crashing bore) I find that this film re-awakened my respect for the man. Its not a perfect film, most of the pieces we see only awaken a desire to see more of the unfinished films and at times it seems to go on too long. Still this is a must see if you're interested in Welles or cinema, especially its lost treasures.


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