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The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.


Mark Cousins


Mark Cousins
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Mark Cousins ... Self
Jack Klaff ... Orson Welles
Beatrice Welles ... Self
Orson Welles ... Self (archive footage)


Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.

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Orson Welles, Himself: Since you mentioned Mr. Arkadin, recall if you can it's climax. I stalk through the film like a shadow; but, the world of my story is absurd. Arkadin's character, Zouk, has lost his pants!
Jakob Zouk [Akim Tamiroff - Mr. Arkadin]: What's he gonna think if he catches me out here dancing around in my underdrawers?
Orson Welles, Himself: Does it remind you of anything? Laurel and Hardy, perhaps? My camera was usually lower, of course, but the *humanity* in Stan and Ollie is the same. The childishness. The circus.
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Adagio per archi e organo in sol minore
Written by Remo Giazotto (Tomaso Albinoni)
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Conducted by Richard Edinger
Published by G. Ricordi & Co (London) Ltd on behalf of Casa Ricordi Srl
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US, Inc.
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Self indulgent and pretentious.
17 January 2019 | by jrgibson-51931See all my reviews

Being a longtime admirer of Welles and his work, I looked forward to seeing this documentary but I found it tedious and boring. Of the many documentaries on Welles, this was the least interesting and Mark Cousins, while clearly in awe of his own brilliance, stretched what could have been an interesting and informative one-hour film about Welles drawings/paintings and film compositions into a two-hour pretentious commentary on Orson's films, politics and romances. If you never heard of Welles or seen one of his films, you may learn something from this opus, otherwise, watch one of the many interviews with the endlessly entertaining and fascinating Orson Welles instead of this attempt to cash in on the renewed interest in the great man, created by the long-awaited release of The Other Side of The Wind.

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15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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$2,372, 17 March 2019

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