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Orson Welles

Director, Actor

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Citizen KaneCitizen Kane (1941) Aro Favourite
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead
Orson Welles ground–breaking work chronicles a publishing tycoon's rise to power, told through a reporter's efforts to discover the meaning of…
Magnificent Ambersons, TheMagnificent Ambersons, The (1942) Recommended
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello
Following up CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles again drew a bead on the American rich, chronicling the dynastic squabbles of a…
Journey into FearJourney into Fear (1942)
Dir. Norman Foster
Feat. Joseph Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Orson Welles
Hitchcockian suspenser set around an American engineer's adventures in WW2 Turkey. Loaded down with a maze–like plot (written by star Joseph…
Jane EyreJane Eyre (1943)
Dir. Robert Stevenson
Feat. Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Peggy Ann Garner
Orphan Jane's (Joan Fontaine) harsh childhood and strange marriage are fuel for splendid gothic melodrama in this version of Charlotte Bronte's…
Stranger, TheStranger, The (1946)
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson
Orson Welles plays a Nazi war criminal who marries an unsuspecting American, but Edward G. Robinson is hot on his trail. Welles also directed this…
Duel in the SunDuel in the Sun (1946)
Dir. King Vidor
Feat. Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Brothers Gregory Peck and James Cotton feud over the family ranch and legacy. Lauded by the likes of Martin Scorsese for its visual splendour, this…
Lady from ShanghaiLady from Shanghai (1948) Recommended
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles
A bold experiment from Orson Welles in which his Irish traveller joins Rita Hayworth and others aboard a luxury yacht where a murder–mystery…
MacbethMacbeth (1948) Recommended
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Roddy McDowall
An expressionistic version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, with Welles in the title role. Shot quickly and on the cheap, this is notoriously…
Third Man, TheThird Man, The (1949) Aro Favourite
Dir. Carol Reed
Feat. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard
Superb romantic thriller about a writer in post–war Vienna whose old friend fails to meet him – under mysterious circumstances. Justly…
Black MagicBlack Magic (1949)
Dir. Gregory Ratoff
Feat. Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff
Orson Welles excels an 18th century hypnotist, part Gypsy charlatan, part demonic master of the black arts, who uses his powers for revenge against…
OthelloOthello (1952) Recommended
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Robert Coote, Fay Compton
Dir. Welles filmed Shakespeare's great tragedy over four years in Europe and North Africa, and despite some patchy moments, turned in probably the…
King LearKing Lear (1953)
Dir. Andrew McCollough
Feat. Orson Welles, Wesley Addy
Sturdy made–for–TV adaptation, with Orson Welles in the grizzly, titular role.
Confidential ReportConfidential Report (Mr. Arkadin) (1955)
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Robert Arden, Paola Mori
A typically Welles–ian shaggy dog story, with Welles himself playing a possibly insane, Kane–like billionaire, who hires a detective to…
Napoleon Napoleon (1955)
Dir. Sacha Guitry
Feat. Daniel Gelin, Raymond Pellegrin, Yves Montand
A somewhat farcical film that suffers from being dubbed into English, over–narration, and the attempt to give a complete account of Napoleon's…
Man in the Shadow, TheMan in the Shadow, The (1957)
Dir. Jack Arnold
Feat. Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Ben Alexander
Socially–conscious Western thriller starring Orson Welles as a property kingpin who provides most of the town a thriving economy. But when his…
Long Hot Summer, The (1958)
Dir. Martin Ritt
Feat. Orson Welles, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman
The steam rises in this William Faulkner adaptation about sex and sin in the small–town South. With a tyrannical Orson Welles, and Joanne…
Touch of Evil, ATouch of Evil, A (1958) Aro Favourite
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Declaring its virtuosity right from the famous opening–shot, this late film–noir weaves a tale of murder and blackmail in a Mexican…
CompulsionCompulsion (1959)
Dir. Richard Fleischer
Feat. Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, Orson Welles
As distinctive a rendition of the infamous Leopold–Loeb murder case as ROPE and SWOON, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman playing the…
Ferry to Hong KongFerry to Hong Kong (1959)
Dir. Lewis Gilbert
Feat. Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Curt Jurgens
Maritime adventure in which Orson Welles portrays a reluctant sea captain forced to take a shady rogue deportee from Hong Kong onboard his vessel…
David and GoliathDavid and Goliath (1960)
Dir. Richard Pottier, Ferdinando Baldi
Feat. Orson Welles, Ivica Pajer, Hilton Edwards
Orson Welles plays King Saul in this adaptation of the biblical story about the unsuspecting shepherd David who is foretold to be the future King by…
Trial, TheTrial, The (1962) Recommended
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Anthony Perkins
Orson Welles makes a visual and intellectual feast of Kafka's novel about a man accused of crimes that remain unexplained. Anthony Perkins is…
RoGoPaGRoGoPaG (Let's Wash our Brains) (1963)
Dir. Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Orson Welles, Rosanna Schiaffino, Ugo Tognazzi
A curious anthology of four short films each written and directed by three Italian and one French film director; Jean–Luc Godard ("Il Nuovo…
Chimes at MidnightChimes at Midnight (1965) Aro Favourite
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud
Orson Welles' late–career masterpiece in which one of the Bard's great supporting characters Falstaff is given his due through a series of…
Man for All Seasons, AMan for All Seasons, A (1966) Aro Favourite
Dir. Fred Zinnemann
Feat. Paul Scofield, Dame Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern
Paul Scofield plays Thomas More, a verbal opponent of King Henry VIII who 'stuck his neck out' once too often. First–class adaptation of the…
Is Paris Burning?Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) (1966)
Dir. Rene Clement
Feat. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron
An international cast grace this lengthy war drama, set in 1944 Paris as the retreating Germans prepared to burn the city to the ground on Hitler's…
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale (1967)
Dir. John Huston, others
Feat. David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen
Black–sheep of the Bond movies, this is in fact an elaborate send–up, whose chaotic production–history is obvious in the…
Immortal Story, TheImmortal Story, The (1968)
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau
Orson Welles directs and stars in this little–seen French TV production, playing a European merchant who lures a sailor into seducing his fake…
Start the Revolution Without MeStart the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Dir. Bud Yorkin
Feat. Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder, Hugh Griffith
Cult favourite has Donald Sutherland and Gene Wilder playing identical twins in pre–revolution France.
Catch 22Catch 22 (1970) Recommended
Dir. Mike Nichols
Feat. Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Orson Welles
An acerbic anti–war statement based on the much–hailed novel about a WW2 fighter pilot's reluctance to fight, in order to preserve his…
WaterlooWaterloo (1970) Recommended
Dir. Sergei Bondarchuk
Feat. Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles
Napoleonic epic from the Russian director of WAR AND PEACE is dramatically woolly, but includes superb, sprawling battle–scenes. Rod Steiger…

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